Türkiye could part ways with EU if necessary, Erdogan says

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Türkiye

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# 16 September 2023 16:13 (UTC +04:00)

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Ankara could "part ways" with the European Union if necessary when asked about the contents of a European Parliament report on Türkiye, APA reports citing Reuters.

The report, adopted earlier this week, said Türkiye's accession process with the 27-member bloc cannot resume under current circumstances and called for the EU to explore "a parallel and realistic framework" for its ties with Ankara.

"The EU is trying to break away from Türkiye," Erdogan told reporters ahead of a trip to the United States. "We will make our evaluations against these developments and if necessary, we can part ways with the EU."