People sit on benches under a Turkish flag as boats pass the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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Turkey said Wednesday the European Union was fueled by anti-Turkish sentiment and hostility to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and was making grave mistakes in its response to a failed coup which was costing it the trust of ordinary Turks.Some of Turkey's European allies are concerned Erdogan, already seen as an authoritarian leader, is using the coup attempt as an excuse to further tighten his grip.Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern has said Europe needs to think again about Turkey's possible EU membership.Erdogan Tuesday took a big step toward normalizing ties with Russia, meeting Putin in a visit to St. Petersburg, his first foreign trip since the failed putsch.Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told reporters in Ankara it was normal for Turkey to seek "other options" on defense cooperation as it had not received the expected support from its western friends and NATO allies following the failed coup.
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