Turkey's European Union Affairs Minister Omer Celik arrives for a meeting with European Union Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini (not pictured) at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium May 10, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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It is out of the question for Turkey to break off relations with the EU and it will press ahead with its membership bid, Turkish EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik said Wednesday.EU ties with Turkey have been strained to breaking point by a massive crackdown following a failed July coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and were tested again after a referendum last month gave him increased powers.But Celik insisted none of this should be allowed to stand in the way of improved relations and ultimate membership of the bloc.The minister repeated that Turkey faced a major terrorist threat but had got through the coup attempt with "a democratic self confidence".
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