Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the possibility of the country’s accession to the Shanghai cooperation organization with Russia and China instead of EU membership, reports CNN Turk</u>. About the same time, Erdogan said in an interview with reporters who accompanied him on trips to Pakistan and Uzbekistan.

Turkey sees a real alternative to its membership in the European Union in joining the SCO, said the leader of the country. “In Europe, after Brexit may experience similar events in other countries, in France say about this, Italy. I’m talking about, why Turkey does not take the place of the “Shanghai five”? I talked about it and (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and (President Nursultan) Nazarbayev and other members of the SCO,” Erdogan was quoted by TASS.

According to Erdogan, “Turkey will be much easier to work within the SCO”, and “the EU has 53 delays the process” of admission of the Republic into their ranks.

He announced the intention of Turkey to wait “until the end of the year” decision on visa liberalization with the EU. “Otherwise, we close the subject with the readmission agreement (for refugees). The EU promised 3 billion euros since June of this year on refugees. Not given. And this money goes not to us but to the refugees,” said Erdogan.

Last year negotiations on Turkey’s membership in the EU seemed to have intensified against the background of attempts to establish opposition to the wave of migration from war-torn countries in the Middle East and Libya. Via Turkey is one of the main ways for accession to the EU of refugees. However, the prospects of EU membership for Turkey have faded after the failed coup attempt in July. The reaction of the authorities began mass arrests, and discussion about the return of the death penalty for the participants of the coup. The highest measure in Turkey do not use for more than 20 years. Against this background, the EU said that the return of the death penalty will stop all negotiations on the accession of Turkey to the Union of European States.

At the end of August, EU leaders announced that the accession of Turkey to Evrosouzu under Erdogan is unlikely.

Turkish leader since repeatedly declared intention to support “the will of the people” in the question of the return of the execution, and also initiated the drafting of a new Constitution.

On the night of July 16, in Turkey a group of rebels attempted military coup, in which 246 of the Turkish citizens killed, not counting the rebels, more than 2 thousand people were injured. The rebellion was suppressed. The mastermind of Ankara called living in the US preacher Fethullah gülen and his organization “Hizmet”. As part of the investigation were arrested or removed from duty thousands of people: military officers, judges, University professors and even theatre actors.

The Shanghai cooperation organization created in 2001. It includes Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. A number of countries have obtained observer status: this is Mongolia, Pakistan, India and Iran. The main objectives of the organization hailed the strengthening of stability and security in the wider area, bringing together States parties, the fight against terrorism, separatism, extremism, drug trafficking, development of economic cooperation, energy partnership, scientific and cultural cooperation.

Erdogan said the possibility of Turkey’s accession to the SCO instead of the EU 20.11.2016

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