Countries that allow the death penalty cannot joing the European Union. High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini stated this during a briefing, Independent reports.
Ms Mogherini said the indcident "is no excuse to take the country away from fundamental rights and the rule of law, and we will be extremely vigilant on that".
Both Ms Mogherini and Mr Kerry reiterated the trans-Atlantic support for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's democratically-elected government.
Recall that Kerry said Turkey threatens its membership in NATO unless the State's government starts to commit to the principles of democracy after the failed military takeover.