Thread:Ankara has responded to the claims that they sidelined Ursula van der Leyen by claiming the EU set the protocol. Honestly this doesn’t surprise me. I’m a critic of Ankara but the EU are adults, they should have waited for her to have a chair or given her the primary chair.
The EU are the ones who sidelined her too...basically with the man running to grab the chair and then we have all these headlines that she was not given a chair
I don’t buy it that Ankara is wholly to blame. Adult countries like the EU that are not subservient to Turkey ostensibly can figure out how to have another chair. They chose not to wait and have one brought and they chose to have the man run to sit next to “dear leader” Erdogan
I doubt that if it happened tomorrow they will let Urusla van der Leyen sit first...because it’s the EU that sidelined her. She had ample opportunity to go first, and have the man wait. Ask the EU tough questions.
Ankara is a bad regime, but while people in Turkey have no power, the foreign countries and groups like NATO that coddle and appease Ankara are to blame. I feel bad for Turkish citizens who deserve better. I do not feel bad for EU powers that grovel.
Anyway they have more headlines in major media about a missing chair than the MISSING WOMEN OF let’s be honest here. How about the people disappeared in Afrin? How about having headlines for them?

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