Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said the dialogue between Turkey and the European Union needs to continue despite having several setbacks on Tuesday.
Speaking at a joint press conference with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and Turkey's chief negotiator EU Minister Ömer Çelik, Çavuşoğlu that although there are no disagreements on regional issues, the same cannot be said for Turkish-EU bilateral ties.
Responding to criticism over Turkey's anti-terror operations, he further said: "If we do not differentiate democratic opposition from those supporting terrorism, then that's where the problem begins. You should identify this well."
In response to Daily Sabah's Brussels representative asking Mogherini if the EU will change its stance on the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), which Ankara blames for the failed July 15 coup attempt, Mogherini said: "No, not at the moment… Taking such stance against the group requires all EU members' approval."
Çavuşoğlu also said that there is crisis of trust between Turkey and the EU when it comes to sticking to the agreements and promises made. He added that Turkey has played its part in the refugee deal and that there are still promises Europe must fulfill.
Hahn highlighted the importance of Turkish-EU cooperation in dealing with the refugee and migrant crisis.
Ankara has sharply cut the number of migrants crossing into Europe over the Aegean in exchange of 6 billion euros in financial aid for Syrian refugees and a promise of visa-free travel for Turkish nationals.
However, according to the European Commission, as of yesterday, the EU has spent only 826 million euros for Syrian refugees and has refused to provide visa-travel travel for Turkish nationals.
The migrant deal was especially welcomed by Germany, the preferred destination for most migrants and refugees.
Turkey's accession negotiations, cooperation in the fields of energy, economy, trade, and the fight against terrorism, the latest developments concerning migration, the visa liberalization process and the recent developments in regional issues were also discussed during the meeting.
An association agreement between the EU and Turkey began in 1963, when Turkey and the European Economic Community (EEC) signed the Ankara Agreement. It was aimed at Turkey's accession to the EEC and later paved the way for accession talks with the EU. Since negotiations began 54 years ago, only 16 policy chapters have been opened out of a total of 35.