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Erdogan Serious About Turkey's Bid For Shanghai 5 Membership

Kadri Gürsel writes that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is serious about his bid to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media during a meeting with Senegal's President Macky Sall at the presidential palace in Dakar January 10, 2013.   REUTERS/Joe Penney    (SENEGAL - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3CA64
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Turkish Prime Minister first announced his intention to take his country into the Shangai Cooperation Organization [SCO], otherwise knows as the Shangai Five, in an interview on July 25 with a Turkish TV channel close to his party. Erdogan then said: “I joked with Putin, ‘Time to time you joke with us and ask what we are doing with EU. Now it is my turn to joke. Come, accept us into Shangai Five and we will reconsider EU.’”

At the time Erdogan wasn’t taken too seriously because he said he was joking with Putin.

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