The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, was not given a chair during negotiations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, The Washington Post reports.
The meeting took place yesterday in Ankara. The published footage shows that there were two chairs, one of them was occupied by the President of the European Council Charles Michel, and von der Leyen sat on the sofa next to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who is of a lower rank according to diplomatic protocol.
Member of the European Parliament MP Sophie in’t Weld expressed the opinion that the lack of a suitable seat was not an accident.
In turn, von der Leyen demanded to work out the issue of placing officials in accordance with the protocol, so that such situations would not recur in the future.
At the talks of the heads of state with Erdogan, the development of economic cooperation, as well as the issues of accommodation of refugees were discussed.
Earlier it was reported that the Head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, left the building of the European Council, which was attended by the leaders of the 27 EU countries who participated in the EU summit, in connection with suspected coronavirus infection.