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A total of 544 members of the European Parliament voted to cancel aid to Turkey, while 28 abstained and 74 abstained. The proposal is allocated for Turkey's "accession" to the European Union during a parliament session in the French Strasbourg on Tuesday.

"Turkey is moving away from the union, democratic standards are retreating and basic rights are being violated, which means that the EU cannot give them money," the EU member of the European People's Party (EPP) Sigfried Morissan said.

Assistance was placed in reserve in November 2017, and provided that such funds should be granted, Turkey should make "sufficient and measurable progress in the fields of the rule of law, democracy, human rights and freedom of the press".

The European Commission noted that no improvement was observed, which prompted European MPs to make their decision.

Ankara is expected to receive 1.18 billion euros from the European Union to adapt to European standards, and with the new resolution reduced by 40% for the period 2018-2020.

Relations between the European Union and Turkey have deteriorated significantly since the failed coup attempt in July 2016 and the heavy arrests of oponents and journalists.

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ANHA