At a tense press conference with two visiting Turkish ministers, Mogherini however warned that "concrete steps" were needed before there could be any progress on Ankara's long-stalled candidacy.
Mogherini and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn are due to meet Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik later Tuesday amid increasingly sharp exchanges over Ankara's rights record and the crackdown after a failed coup a year ago.
Mogherini stressed the importance of their "frank and constructive" talks to resolving differences but said it would "be hard at the moment to open new chapters" in the accession process.
President Donald Trump, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, May 16, 2017.
"Steps have been taken and signatures signed with Russian Federation concerning the S-400s".
The EU did not accept Turkey as a member claiming Turkey had failed to meet the reforms the EU had demanded in 2007 and 2013/4.
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Relations with Turkey, and especially between Berlin and Ankara, have hit rock bottom in recent months, stoking calls for Ankara's European Union accession talks to be suspended outright. Every country should take measures for its safety, he said.
"They must be opened", he told Mogherini and Hahn, arguing that solving human rights issues should not be a pre-condition to open the chapters, but a part of the subsequent discussions.
The Turkish leader's remarks came days after US Gen. Joseph Dunford, US Joint Chiefs of Staff chair, said Turkey and Russian Federation should not not agree on the procurement of the missile defense system.
Amnesty International's Turkey Director Idil Eser is associated with the movement of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, referred to as the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) by Ankara, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday.
Germany's foreign minister interrupted his vacation on the North Sea to return to Berlin to deliver the most strongly worded statement yet against Turkey's imprisonment of German journalists and human right activists.
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