People with Kurdish flags demonstrate against Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the political repression that followed July's failed military coup in Leipzig, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey should not be "fixated" on joining the EU and has reiterated the idea of joining Russia and China in a Eurasian security group, local media reported Sunday.Erdogan said he had already discussed the idea with Russian President Vladimir Putin and with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.Erdogan has several times floated plans for Turkey to join the SCO, a move that could scupper its long-standing EU membership bid. Turkey formally applied to become an EU member in 1987 and accession talks only began in 2005, even though Ankara's aspirations to become part of the bloc dates back to the 1960s.Erdogan this week warned the EU to decide by year's end on its membership bid, threatening to otherwise call a referendum on this matter.
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