Turks living in the European Union are not responsible for the policies of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told the German newspaper Bild, Sputnik reported.
"Not all Turks are little Erdogans," Juncker said adding there is big difference between the Turkish people and the Turkish government.
"I absolutely don't have a problem with the millions Turks living in our part of Europe. They are well-integrated and contribute to prosperity,” he said.
"Turkey will not terminate this agreement, even if Erdogan has repeatedly threatened me with this. It is not in the interests of Turkey to put the issue in the hands of smugglers and bandits operating on the Turkish coast. Working with bandits is not in the ambitions of an EU candidate," Junker said.