Both the Chancellor and David Cameron have been accused of backtracking on their previous support for Turkey joining the EU – sparking fears of a diplomatic rift between the UK and Turkey.
Shortly after becoming Prime Minister in 2010, Mr Cameron promised to do everything he can to “pave the road from Ankara to Brussels”.
The EU has also recently fast-tracked Turkey’s bid for EU membership in its desperation for help in dealing with the migration crisis.
But Fadi Hakura, an expert on Turkey’s pending accession to the EU and associate fellow with the Chatham House thinktank, played down concerns Mr Osborne and Mr Cameron were damaging UK relations with Turkey, a key NATO ally.
He told Express.co.uk: “David Cameron and George Osborne’s claims on the remoteness of Turkey’s EU membership prospects are accurate. They are stating the obvious.
“Turkey and the EU pay lip service to EU accession but neither side genuinely desires the outcome.
“Turkey’s press headlines are for domestic political consumption and should not be taken as a reflection of the bilateral relationship.”