In light of Turkey’s desire to become a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), it is necessary to discuss economic measures of pressure on Ankara. This was announced on September 19 by the foreign policy expert of the Union 90 / Greens faction in the Bundestag, Jurgen Trittin.
According to him, NATO and the European Union should ask themselves how long they will continue to allow Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan to be led by the nose.
“Turkey is preventing NATO from enforcing the arms embargo on Libya. It is engaged in drilling in the economic zone of Greece. NATO member Turkey is doing more to circumvent European sanctions against Russia than China. Erdogan is slowing down the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO. And now he wants to join the SCO together with Iran,” Trittin said in an interview with Die Welt newspaper.
The politician believes that the time has come for a tougher policy towards Ankara.
“Since no one can be excluded from NATO, we need to think about economic measures of pressure on Turkey,” he stressed.
Erdogan announced on September 17 that Ankara would seek to join the SCO. He specified that the country aims to join the organization in 2023.
The day before, as part of the SCO summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Erdogan. At it, the Russian leader welcomed Turkey’s work in the organization and called Ankara’s interest in it natural.
Prior to this, speaking at the Council of Heads of State – members of the SCO, the President of Russia expressed support for the entry into the organization of Iran and Belarus. He stressed that all applications for cooperation of certain countries with the organization deserve favorable consideration.
The SCO summit was held on 15 and 16 September in Uzbekistan.
The Declaration on the establishment of the SCO was signed in Shanghai in June 2001 by six states – Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Currently, apart from them, the organization includes India and Pakistan. The observer states are Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia, the dialogue partners are Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka.
The SCO is not a military bloc or an open regular security meeting, but takes an intermediate position. The main tasks of the organization are the strengthening of stability and security in a wide area that unites the participating states, the fight against terrorism, separatism, extremism, drug trafficking, the development of economic cooperation, energy partnership, scientific and cultural interaction.