President of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan claimed that he sees the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as alternative for the European Union and has already held talks with the presidents of Russia and Kazakhstan, Vladimir Putin and Nursultan Nazarbayev, about the possibility of his country joining the organization. It was reported by the Turkish newspaper "Sabah".
He said that the SCO provides Ankara more freedom of action, while Brussels "delays the process of the admission of the Republic to the EU for 53 years".
"In Europe, after Brexit similar events may occur in other countries: talks about it take place in France, in Italy. In these circumstances, Turkey should feel relaxed. Why could not Turkey become a member of the SCO? I talked about this with Putin and Nazarbayev. Turkey’s membership in SCO will give us more freedom of action in this regard," Erdogan said.
He also said that Turkey has "good" relations with Russia.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an international organization founded in 2001 by the leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Also, India and Pakistan are the member States of the SCO.
A day earlier, Erdogan said he was disappointed with the United States in an interview on CBS News broadcast.