Erdogan: Turkey And EU Could Go Separate Ways

Before leaving for New York to participate in the UN General Assembly, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that, in his opinion, “Ankara and Brussels may diverge in their further development.”
“In my opinion, the EU is trying to break off relations with Turkey. If the EU really does this, Turkey will take note and move forward on its own, choosing a path different from the EU path,” Erdogan said, referring to a recent European Parliament report on the current situation and prospects for Turkey’s accession to the EU.
According to the EU report, Turkey and the EU must find an alternative way of cooperation, since Turkey’s membership in the EU is currently impossible.
The document drew sharp protest from the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which called it “a set of unfounded accusations, conclusions, and prejudices based on disinformation coming from certain anti-Turkish circles.” For Turkey, the conclusions of the European Parliament are not a “correct strategic approach,” but rather a “short-sighted populist policy.”
More or less concise negotiations on Turkey’s accession to the EU began in 2005. Back in 1963, Ankara signed an association agreement with the European Union, which was then called the European Economic Community, after which in 1987 Ankara submitted an official application to join the EU.