Erdogan: EU not everything, Turkey may join Shanghai Five

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November 21, 2016
Hurriyet Daily News [Turkey]    
Posted in News, PND News

"Turkey should not be 'fixated' on the idea of joining the European Union and should look at other opportunities, such as the Russia-led Shanghai Pact, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. 'Turkey should first of all feel relaxed about the EU and not be fixated' about joining it, Erdogan told reporters on the presidential plane returning from Uzbekistan, daily Hurriyet reported. 'Some may criticize me but I express my opinion. For example, I have said 'why shouldn't Turkey be in the Shanghai 5?'' he said. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), also known as the 'Shanghai 5,' is a loose security and economic bloc led by Russia and China. The other formal members are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Erdogan said he had already discussed the idea with Russian President Vladimir Putin and with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev." (11/20/16)

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/eu-not-everything-turkey-may-join-shanghai-pact-president-erdogan.aspx?pageID=238&nID=106321&NewsCatID=338  

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