EU to raise 'complicated issues,' Syria combat with Turkey

EU to raise 'complicated issues,' Syria combat with Turkey
European Council President Donald Tusk attends a breakfast meeting at an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, March 23, 2018. Leaders from the 28 European Union nations meet for a second day of an EU summit to assess the state of Brexit negotiations and the prospect of a trade war with the United States. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool Photo via AP)

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union chief Donald Tusk says he will raise several thorny issues with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a meeting in Bulgaria next week, including Turkish military action in Syria.

Speaking after chairing a summit of EU leaders Friday, Tusk said they “strongly condemned Turkey’s continued illegal actions,” notably trying to stop gas exploration off Cyprus.

Tusk said “it will not be an easy meeting” on Monday in Varna, Bulgaria.

He said that he, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov plan to raise “a number of complicated issues.”

Tusk said they would also discuss strained EU ties with Turkey — which is a candidate for membership in Europe’s rich club, although accession talks are at a virtual standstill — and the way forward.