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‘Turkey gave up EU membership hope, seeking other partners’

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European and Turkish flags.

European and Turkish flags. Photo: Vera Kratochvil.

Speculation Turkey has given up hope of joining the EU, means it is looking for assistance and friendship elsewhere in the region, with Russia being a key factor in the game, said Peter Schulze from the University of Goettingen.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday and agreed to restore ties between the two countries. The German Foreign Ministry welcomed the meeting, saying that better communication is important during the ongoing crisis in Syria.

“It is good that the two countries have moved closer again after Turkey shot down a Russian combat aircraft last year,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Bild daily on Tuesday.

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