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Turkish leader challenges EU to end membership talks

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses an energy meeting in his palace in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Erdogan has reiterated the country's opposition to the use of Syrian Kurdish fighters in the fight against the Islamic State group. Turkey considers U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia, the People's Protection Units, or YPG, and its political wing as terror organizations.(Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service/Pool photo via AP)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses an energy meeting in his palace in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Erdogan has reiterated the country's opposition to the use of Syrian Kurdish fighters in the fight against the Islamic State group. Turkey considers U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia, the People's Protection Units, or YPG, and its political wing as terror organizations.(Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service/Pool photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a business meeting in Istanbul, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Responding to mounting criticism from the European Union, Erdogan on Wednesday challenged the EU to halt membership talks with Ankara. Erdogan added however, that the EU wouldn't be able to reach the "final point" and end its ties with Turkey out of fears of jeopardizing a deal on the curbing of the flow of migrants to Europe.(Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press Service, Pool photo via AP)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a business meeting in Istanbul, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Responding to mounting criticism from the European Union, Erdogan on Wednesday challenged the EU to halt membership talks with Ankara. Erdogan added however, that the EU wouldn't be able to reach the "final point" and end its ties with Turkey out of fears of jeopardizing a deal on the curbing of the flow of migrants to Europe.(Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press Service, Pool photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a business meeting in Istanbul, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Responding to mounting criticism from the European Union, Erdogan challenged the EU to halt membership talks with Ankara. Erdogan added however, that the EU wouldn't be able to reach the "final point" and end its ties with Turkey out of fears of jeopardizing a deal on the curbing of the flow of migrants to Europe. (Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press Service, Pool photo via AP)

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a business meeting in Istanbul, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Responding to mounting criticism from the European Union, Erdogan challenged the EU to halt membership talks with Ankara. Erdogan added however, that the EU wouldn't be able to reach the "final point" and end its ties with Turkey out of fears of jeopardizing a deal on the curbing of the flow of migrants to Europe. (Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press Service, Pool photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Responding to mounting criticism from the European Union, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has challenged the EU to halt membership talks with Ankara.

Erdogan on Wednesday added that the EU wouldn't be able to reach a "final point" and end its ties with Turkey out of fears of jeopardizing a deal on the curbing of the flow of migrants to Europe.

His comments came as the EU prepared to publish a report on Turkey to assess its standing as EU candidate country. It is widely expected to be critical of Turkey's clampdown on media freedoms and the arrests of a group of pro-Kurdish legislators.

Erdogan said: "They say unabashedly and shamelessly that the EU should review its negotiations with Turkey...Don't just review them — go and make your final decision."