Both sides believe that the 1996 EU-Turkey Customs Union needs to be improved to take account of developments since its conclusion. But from 2017, technical negotiations on the revaluation of the customs union agreement will be made difficult to the advantage of both parties by the persistence of tensions between Ankara and Brussels. [35] On 26 June 2018, in response to the Turkish parliamentary elections, the General Affairs Council of the European Union of 26 June 2018 stated that “the Council notes that Turkey has moved further away from the European Union” and that there are therefore “no plans to continue the work of modernising the EU-Turkey customs union”. [7] [8] According to the agreement, joint Turkish-Russian patrols are expected to begin on March 15 along the highway itself. It was unclear what would happen to the rebel sack they would create south of the highway…

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