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Erdogan: Turkey Essential for EU to Retain Power

Sputnik News

14:16 GMT 09.05.2021(updated 14:18 GMT 09.05.2021)

ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a message on Europe Day that the European Union needed Turkey to be a strong global player.

"The biggest obstacle for the EU becoming a strong global player is lack of strategic patience and vision. The EU needs structural changes… Obviously, it won't retain its power without contribution and support of our country," he said on Sunday.

Erdogan added that Turkey would continue seeking EU membership despite what he called the bloc's double standards.

The EU-Turkish accession talks have been going off and on since 2005. They were revived in 2016 when the EU asked Turkey to limit the influx of migrants in return for cash and concessions but soon came to a standstill.

© Sputnik

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