Hollande govt more positive towards Turkey's EU bid

On a one-day visit to Kosovo Erdogan talks about Turkey's new EU talks and his reaction to criticisms of the Chinese missile defense contract.

Hollande govt more positive towards Turkey's EU bid

World Bulletin/News Desk

France under Nicolas Sarkozy played a major role in the stalling of Turkey's EU accession talks, says Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a one-day visit to Kosovar capital Pristina.

Erdogan welcomed the new chapter in Turkey's EU accession talks, due to start at the beginning of November, saying, "This is an affirmative decision, but there has been a huge loss of time."

The attitude of the Francois Hollande government is more positive towards Turkey in comparison to the term of former French President Sarkozy, said Erdogan who added that three years had been wasted.

When questioned on Turkey’s decision to purchase a missile defense system from a Chinese company blacklisted by the US for selling arms to North Korea, Syria and Iran, Erdogan said, "Many NATO member states have Russian weaponry in their inventories. If NATO is so sensitive towards this issue, it should first consider the Russian weaponry in NATO member states' inventories."

Erdogan stressed that the missile deal with China is based on a policy decision by the Turkish Defense Ministry, rather than a political decision. In this context, Turkey as an independent sovereign state prefers the best choice, so NATO’s responses do not have a bearing on Turkey, he concluded.

Erdogan will reportedly meet with Kosovo PM Hashim Thachi, Parliament Speaker Yakup Krasnigi and other high rank officials.

He will also visit Turkish troops and a representative delegation in Prizren.

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