Erdogan saw in the SCO an alternative to Turkey’s membership in the EU

During his visit to Uzbekistan and Pakistan President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the European Union and think about joining the Shanghai cooperation organization (SCO), the newspaper writes.

According to him, Brexit in Europe may spread, such statements “are heard from France and Italy.” “Turkey should feel comfortable, be it the EU or not,” Erdogan said.

“Why Turkey does not become member of the SCO?” the President added, noting that he had already discussed the issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. Erdogan said that his country’s membership in SCO will provide Turkey more freedom of action.

That Turkey has alternatives to EU membership, October 22, said the Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim. According to him, in order to join the EU, Turkey has worked half a century and “made in this way even more than I should”.

Turkey and the EU signed the Association agreement in 1963, however, the accession negotiations with the EU began only in 2005. In may, the European Commission proposed to abolish visa requirements with Turkey. This step was discussed in the framework of the deal to resolve the migration crisis. However, Erdogan refused to comply with five of the 72 points of the “road map”.

Once in July in Turkey there was a coup attempt in Ankara, spoke about the possible introduction of the death penalty, which also caused sharp criticism from the EU.

November 13, European Parliament President Martin Schulz threatened that the EU may impose sanctions against Turkey over arrests of opposition activists and journalists.