Turkey's Erdogan says EU Parliament vote has 'no value'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that a European Parliament vote set to back a freeze of membership talks with Ankara over its relentless post-coup crackdown would have “no value”. This week’s non-binding vote threatens to escalate tensions between the European Union and Turkey, which reached new heights in the wake of the July 15 failed putsch. “I want to say in advance from here and address the whole world watching on their TV screens — this vote has no value at all, no matter what result emerges,” Erdogan told a meeting of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul.

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