Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hinted at the possibility of his country abandoning its attempt to join the European Union.

The Turkish president was answering reporters on Sunday, as he told reporters in Istanbul, before his trip to New York, where he’s scheduled to attend the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Erdogan said when asked about a recently issued European Parliament report on Türkiye, he explained that his country could distance from the European Union if necessary.

“The European Union is trying to distance itself from Türkiye…  We’ll prepare our own assessment of these developments, and if necessary we can move away from the European Union,” Erdogan said.

Türkiye’s accession talks to the European Union have been ongoing since 2005, but have been effectively frozen.

Erdogan was referring to a statement that stated that the accession process cannot be resumed under the current circumstances, as stated in a report to the European Parliament several days ago, which called for a realistic framework for managing their joint relations.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the report describing it as a baseless report and it’s based on false information.

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