Erdogan suggests that Turkey has the potential to separate from the European Union.

On Saturday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey suggested that Ankara might consider discontinuing its pursuit of European Union membership, indicating a potential separation from the EU.

Before heading to New York for the 78th UN General Assembly, he informed journalists in Istanbul that the European Union is attempting to distance itself from Turkey.

When questioned about the European Parliament report on Turkey, Erdogan stated that his team will assess these advancements independently and, if needed, they may choose to separate from the European Union.

Erdogan’s statement on Saturday came more than a week after Turkey’s foreign minister affirmed his country’s resolve to join the EU and urged the bloc to take courageous steps to advance its bid.

Erdogan assumes office for another term as president in Turkey.

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What was the subject of the report from the European Parliament?

The report, adopted earlier this week, said Turkey’s accession process with the EU cannot resume under current circumstances. It also called for the European Union to explore “a parallel and realistic framework” for its ties with Ankara.

The European Parliament report was criticized by Turkey’s Foreign Ministry for being “unfounded” and “based on disinformation.” The ministry further stated that the report included baseless accusations and biases, and lacked depth and foresight in its assessment of Turkey’s relationship with the EU.

The negotiations between Turkey and the EU for Turkey’s membership have been in progress since 2005. However, they are currently at a standstill due to the EU’s worries about the declining state of law and human rights in Turkey.

After being reelected in May, Erdogan urged for the resumption of talks to join the EU. In July, he proposed that the EU should accept Turkey into the group if it desired Sweden’s membership in NATO.

dh/sms (dpa, Reuters)