Turkey used its veto power to put an end to the NATO partnership with Austria. It is a neutral state actively participated in programs of the Alliance. Only in Kosovo deployed hundreds of Austrian soldiers.
This was the result of a confrontation on the issue of Turkey’s accession to the European Union continued for several months. The official Vienna – a consistent opponent of Turkey’s accession, in connection with human rights violations.
«The arrests of hundreds of thousands of people, repressions against the opposition and unhappy, things are contrary to the fundamental values of the European Union», — said in December 2016, the Minister for foreign Affairs of Austria Sebastian Kurz.
European States in particular emphasize the inadmissibility of introduction in Turkey of the death penalty. They were also angered by the campaign in support of constitutional reform, which was conducted ahead of a referendum among the people living in Europe, Turkish citizens.