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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that Turkey could half methods with the European Union

ByThe Related Press

September 16, 2023, 8:14 AM

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he speaks throughout a press convention on the finish of the G20 Summit, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Sept.10, 2023. (AP Picture/Dar Yasin)

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ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated Saturday that Turkey could half methods with the European Union, implying that the nation is considering ending its bid to hitch the 27-nation bloc.

“The EU is making efforts to sever ties with Turkey,” he informed reporters earlier than departing for the 78th U.N. Normal Meeting in New York.

“We’ll consider the state of affairs, and if wanted we are going to half methods with the EU.”

He was responding to a query a couple of latest report adopted by the European Parliament, which acknowledged “the accession course of can not resume beneath the present circumstances, and calls on EU to discover ‘a parallel and lifelike framework’ for EU-Türkiye relations.”

Turkey utilized to hitch the European Union in 1999, and accession talks started in 2005. Accession negotiations have been frozen in 2018 due to “democratic backsliding,” in line with the European Parliament.

Erdogan’s assertion on Saturday got here greater than every week after Turkey’s international minister affirmed his nation’s resolve to hitch the EU and urged the bloc to take brave steps to advance its bid.

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