European Commission Chair Cannot Get a Seat When Meets Erdogan, Turkey is Reluctant to be Blamed


ANKARA, KOMPAS.com – Turkey on Wednesday (7/4/2021) did not want to be blamed for the sofagate incident, when European Commission Chairman Ursula von der Leyen did not get a seat when he met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the criticism leveled at Turkey was unfair.

“Seating arrangements are made according to the advice of the European Union. Period.”

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“We would not have disclosed this fact had accusations not been made against Turkey,” Cavusoglu told reporters AFP.

“The demands and suggestions from the European Union have been fulfilled and the proper protocol was implemented in the meeting,” he continued.

Erdogan and Turkish officials received criticism after the sofagate video that took place on Tuesday (6/4/2021) went viral on social media.

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Ursula came with European Council President Charles Michel in Ankara, but Erdogan’s office had only two seats. One for Erdogan and one for Michel.

Because he did not get a chair, Ursula finally sat on the sofa which was quite a distance from the two men.

In fact, von der Leyen’s diplomatic rank was equivalent to the two men. He even stood up stunned when he didn’t get a seat.

“Um,” he said sharply, stretching out his hands in a surprised gesture.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu then took a picture of Ursula von der Leyen sitting on the sofa in front of Erdogan and Michel.

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