Erdogan announced Turkey’s desire to join the SCO

Turkish President Erdogan announced the country's desire to join the SCO Asia plays a decisive role in the global economy, this is obvious, the Turkish president said. He said that in 2023 the republic will continue to integrate into the SCO, Turkey aims to join the organization jpg 673w” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

Turkey aims to become a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the country's authorities intend to take appropriate action, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, Anadolu agency reports.

He added that Ankara took part in the summit of the organization this year, the next step towards integration into the SCO can be made next year, when India becomes the chairman of the organization. The Turkish President noted that the SCO has achieved success in matters of security, economy and trade.

“The decisive role of the Asian continent in the world economy is already obvious,”— Erdogan emphasized.

The SCO was founded in 2001 by the leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Strengthening of stability and security, fight against terrorism, development of economic cooperation, energy partnership and scientific and cultural cooperation are named among the goals of the organization.

Five years ago, in 2017, Pakistan and India entered the SCO as full members, and at the summit last year, they began the procedure for admitting Iran to the organization, this year it signed a memorandum of entry. Bahrain, Maldives, Kuwait, UAE and Myanmar have received the status of dialogue partners. In July of this year, Belarus applied to join the Shanghai Organization. Turkey is now a partner of the SCO along with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Nepal, Cambodia and Sri Lanka.

Erdogan at the SCO summit held bilateral talks with the leaders of Russia, Mongolia, India, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Iran, China, Azerbaijan and China, he assessed them as fruitful. One of the topics of conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin was safe corridors for the export of Ukrainian grain. The Turkish president noted that he and Putin agree that food should be sent to poor countries first.

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Financial Times sources said that the authorities of Western countries worries about the deepening of economic cooperation between Russia and Turkey, in connection with which there is a risk of imposing secondary sanctions against Ankara. The West may ask businesses to limit their presence in the Turkish market or leave it altogether if Ankara sticks to an agreement with Moscow to pay for part of the Russian gas supplied in rubles, they added. According to the FT, Turkey could lose $800 billion due to such measures. Such actions can be approved “in light of the risk that will be created due to Turkey's expansion of its relations with Russia,” the source of the newspaper said. At the same time, Ankara promised the United States not to allow violations of sanctions against Russia.

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