Erdogan says Turkey can spurn EU and join Shanghai Pact

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C), has previously floated plans for Turkey to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which could scupper its EU membership bidPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey should not be “fixated” on joining the EU and has reiterated the idea of joining Russia and China in a Eurasian security group, local media reported Sunday. “Turkey should first of all feel relaxed about the EU and not be fixated” about joining it, Erdogan told Turkish journalists on a plane from Uzbekistan, Hurriyet newspaper and other media reported. For example, I say ‘why shouldn’t Turkey be in the Shanghai 5?,” he said.

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