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Turkey may part ways with EU if necessary: Erdogan

Published : 16 Sep 2023, 21:50

  DF News Desk
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks to the press before leaving for Vilnius, Lithuania, at Istanbul Airport in Istanbul, Turkey on July 10, 2023. Photo: Turkish Presidency/Handout via Xinhua.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said that Türkiye may "part ways with the European Union (EU)," suggesting that his country may end the bid to join the European bloc, reported Xinhua.

"The European Union is trying to break away from Türkiye," Erdogan told journalists in Istanbul before leaving for New York to attend the annual UN General Assembly meetings.

Türkiye would make its own assessment on a recent report adopted by the European Parliament, in which the EU criticized Ankara for failing to make progress in several areas to revive its membership talks, said the Turkish president.

"After these evaluations, we may part ways with the EU if necessary," Erdogan warned.

Türkiye has pursued membership in the 27-nation bloc for over two decades, yet the accession process has experienced limited advancement owing to numerous disparities between Ankara and Brussels. Since 2018, the accession negotiation process has been frozen.

Regarding Sweden's application to join NATO, Erdogan stated that he would align with the decision made by the Turkish parliament.

"The West keeps saying Sweden, Sweden. We say that it's not possible for us to say 'yes' or 'no' unless our parliament makes a decision," he stated.

The Turkish leader called on the Nordic country to do its part as Ankara accuses Stockholm of failure to address Türkiye's security-related concerns.

"It's not enough to just draft laws. They should be implemented," Erdogan said.