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Thursday 14 December 2017

EU wants Turkey to abandon membership bid, says Erdogan

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hit out at the EU. (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hit out at the EU. (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan believes the EU wants Turkey to abandon its membership bid and says it is up to the bloc to decide whether the accession talks should be terminated.

President Erdogan also said that Turkey did not want to break away from the EU, but criticised the group for treating Turkey like a "beggar".

He was speaking before leaving for Brussels for a Nato summit and holding talks with EU officials.

His visit comes amid tensions with the EU over human rights and other issues.

President Erdogan said: "They want Turkey to withdraw (from negotiations) on its own. That's what they seem to be waiting for."

He added that Turkey would not "make it hard for them" if the EU decided to end the talks.

Press Association

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