Chancellor Scholz criticizes Erdoğan's plans to join the Shanghai organization

Chancellor Olaf Scholz has expressed his irritation at NATO member Turkey’s rapprochement with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). “We believe that this is not an organization that somehow makes a very important contribution to good coexistence in the world,” said the SPD politician on Tuesday after a conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in response to a reporter’s question at the UN -General Debate in New York. “That’s why I’m very irritated by the development and discussions,” said Scholz.

However, with a view to his talks with Erdoğan, the Federal Chancellor also emphasized:

“But in the end it’s important that we come to an understanding about what moves us together here when it comes to making it clear that the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine must not be successful.”

In their conversation, Erdoğan and Scholz agreed that Russia must immediately cease hostilities and withdraw completely from Ukraine, government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said afterwards.

Erdoğan had on Saturday after an SCO summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, according to the Turkish state news agency Anadolu declared that Turkey wanted to join the Shanghai Group. His country wants to discuss the goal of membership at the group’s meeting in India next year. In the event of accession, Turkey would be the first member of the group to also belong to the western defense alliance NATO.

Established in 2001 to fight terrorism, the group includes China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. At the most recent summit, Iran was also admitted, which, like Belarus and Mongolia, had previously had observer status. The process of admitting Belarus began. Erdoğan accuses NATO and the EU, where Turkey has had candidate status since 1999 without making any significant progress, of a lack of support for Turkey.

SPD foreign policy expert Michael Roth also warned Turkey against joining. The organization is “diametrically opposed to NATO in terms of its values ​​and goals,” said Roth Editorial Network Germany (RND) on Tuesday. He added:

“Turkish membership would therefore be a clear departure from the NATO security alliance.”

Roth sees the motivation of the Turkish president in domestic politics. Erdoğan’s re-election next year is in jeopardy, among other things, because of “mistakes in economic policy”:

“He’s now trying to make up for that by trying to make a name for himself in foreign policy: he’s rattling on NATO partner Greece, undermining sanctions against Russia, threatening to block Sweden and Finland from joining NATO, and now openly flirting with an SCO -Membership.”

The foreign policy spokesman for the Greens in the Bundestag, Jürgen Trittin, was critical of Turkey on Monday. Of the World Trittin had said:

“NATO and the European Union must ask themselves how much longer they will let Erdoğan dance around on their noses.”

He added:

“Turkey is preventing NATO from monitoring the UN arms embargo on Libya. It is drilling in Greece’s economic zone. NATO member Turkey is doing more to circumvent Europe’s sanctions on Russia than China. Erdoğan is holding back Finland and Sweden’s entry into NATO. And now he wants to join the SCO together with Iran.”

It’s time for a “more robust Turkey policy,” said the Green politician. Since no one can be excluded from NATO, economic coercive measures against Turkey must be considered.

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(rt de/dpa)

Source: RT

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