Turkey looks East to spite EU

Kristina Jovanovski reports that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is set to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting on July 3 in Astana, Kazakhstan, where he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. This follows a series of high-level discussions between Turkey and Eastern-aligned countries. Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan suggested that the SCO and BRICS (an economic group including China and Russia) could be alternatives to the European Union (EU), as Turkey has faced prolonged delays in joining the EU.


Fidan’s comments came after his visit to China, the highest-level meeting by a Turkish official there since 2012. The discussions highlighted Turkey’s potential role in increasing cooperation among Muslim-majority countries, especially in light of the Gaza conflict. During a joint press conference, Fidan and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for a cease-fire in Gaza and emphasized the importance of enhancing bilateral cooperation in various sectors, including trade, energy, and technology.


Yusuf Can, an analyst at the Wilson Center, noted that Turkey’s NATO membership makes its interest in BRICS significant for China, offering a valuable public relations opportunity as China competes with the West for global influence. Turkey’s strategic position and attempt to balance NATO relations with stronger ties to Russia and China are part of its broader aim to gain geopolitical independence and enhance its global influence.


Jovanovski’s article underscores Turkey’s strategic maneuvering in international relations and the potential impact of its increasing alignment with Eastern powers. Read the full article for an in-depth analysis of Turkey’s diplomatic efforts and the implications for its global standing.


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Published By: Atilla Yeşilada

GlobalSource Partners’ Turkey Country Analyst Atilla Yesilada is the country’s leading political analyst and commentator. He is known throughout the finance and political science world for his thorough and outspoken coverage of Turkey’s political and financial developments. In addition to his extensive writing schedule, he is often called upon to provide his political expertise on major radio and television channels. Based in Istanbul, Atilla is co-founder of the information platform Istanbul Analytics and is one of GlobalSource’s local partners in Turkey. In addition to his consulting work and speaking engagements throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, he writes regular columns for Turkey’s leading financial websites VATAN and www.paraanaliz.com and has contributed to the financial daily Referans and the liberal daily Radikal.