Erdogan says Turkey not yet 'closed the book' on EU, but has alternatives

By REUTERS
November 29, 2016 14:03

 
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ISTANBUL - Turkey has not yet "closed the book" on the European Union after the European Parliament recommended freezing accession talks last week, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, but he said Ankara always has other alternatives.

Erdogan said last week that Turkey did not need to join the EU 'at all costs' and has floated the idea of becoming part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a security bloc dominated by China, Russia and Central Asian nations.

Without spelling out the alternatives, Erdogan said on Tuesday that talks with other potential other partners were underway, telling a conference in Istanbul: "We can continue our path with one of them."

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