Selin ATAY-TDO-Keeping "brotherly" Turkey waiting for European Union membership is a "big injustice," Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said.
Azerbaijan President IlhamAliyev made statements on Azerbaijan's foreign policy, projects with neighboring countries and internal affairs on national television channels in the country, evaluating the year 2019.
Recalling Brexit and some EU leaders ' statements against expansion, Aliyev, "Many years have passed since Turkey signed the agreement with the EU. But did the next steps produce any results? Of course not. This is a big injustice," said Aliyev, speaking on national television.
Aliyev said some former Soviet Union countries became members of the EU while they were neither more developed nor more prepared to join the bloc."So why did they accept them but did not admit Turkey? The answer is obvious. Because Turkey is a Muslim country. Now they clearly say that."
He stressed that in this case, the EU would not accept Azerbaijan as a member either.
Referring to Azerbaijan's relations with and integration into Europe, Aliyev said "I think we have taken steps to integrate into Europe. There is no need for new steps, and these steps will not yield results."
Turkey applied for EU membership in 1987 and its accession talks began in 2005. But negotiations stalled in 2007 due to the objections of the Greek Cypriot administration as well as opposition from Germany and France.