Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) address the parliament during the opening of the third legislative session of the 26th term at the Turkish National Assembly (TBMM) in Ankara on October 1, 2017. (AFP Photo)
ANKARA, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) — Turkey no longer needs to join the European Union but will not unilaterally abandon the stalled EU accession talks, Press TV reported late Sunday.
President Tayyip Erdogan told parliament that Turkey no longer needs to join the EU but will not unilaterally abandon the stalled accession talks.
“We will not be the side which gives up. To tell the truth, we don’t need EU membership any more,” the report quoted Erdogan as saying.
“The EU failed us in a fight against terrorism,” Erdogan said on Sunday, though he also suggested the bloc still needed Turkey.
“If the EU is going to leap forward, there is only one way to do so. And it is to grant Turkey membership and start an action of cultural and economic growth,” Erdogan said.