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10/11, 9:54 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Tusk: Better hopes for deal, Brexit still in our hands

The Brexit hopes are "a little bit bigger and more tangible" than before, President of the European Council Donald Tusk said on Friday. He added that the meeting between United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar improved the chances to deliver a deal by "bringing something concrete" to the negotiations.

"Today the hope is maybe a little bit bigger and more tangible than two or three days ago, you can never be sure in politics, sometimes the positive signs are only political tricks. There is no reason for us to be optimistic today after three years of problems. It is true that the meeting between Irish PM Varadkar and British PM Johnson brought something more concrete and workable for all of us. The deal is still in our hands," Tusk said during his visit to Cyprus.

He also addressed Turkish operation in Syria and commented on strong words that came from Recep Tayyip Erdogan who threatened his country may cause another migration crisis if the EU "try to frame" invasion of northern Syria.

"Turkey must understand that our main concern is that their actions may lead to another humanitarian catastrophe, which would be unacceptable. Nor will we ever accept that refugees are weaponized and used to blackmail us. That is why I consider yesterday's threats made by President Erdogan totally out of place," the European Council head stated.

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