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Turkey was invited to join the SCO

The Ministry of foreign Affairs of the people’s Republic of China announced that the Shanghai cooperation organization is willing to consider Turkey’s request for accession.

It was a response to the statement made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an interview to the program «60 minutes.» The Turkish leader expressed disappointment in the political course of the United States, which, according to Erdogan, were responsible for the deterioration of bilateral relations.

Erdogan listed the decisions that had a negative impact on these relations. We are talking primarily about supporting Kurdish militants in Syria and Iraq and the refusal to issue a theologian Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey considers the organizer of the coup attempt on July 13.

In response, the press service of the foreign Ministry of China said that Turkey’s joining the SCO would strengthen significantly the block. Recall that the organization includes Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Turkey – a member of NATO, and it is unclear whether it can be in two blocks at a time. Allies on the NATO do not hide criticism in connection with the regime of Erdogan restriction of civil liberties after the suppression of the rebellion.

Turkey was invited to join the SCO 21.11.2016

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