Deputy PM denies claims Turkey moving away from West

Published 17.08.2016 20:13
Updated 18.08.2016 14:57
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Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş rejected Wednesday claims Turkey was moving away from its traditional Western-oriented foreign policy.

"Turkey is its own axis," Kurtulmuş said at Cankaya Palace during a meeting with NGOs.

"Both yesterday, today and tomorrow, an axis debate about Turkey is wrong and useless," Kurtulmuş said, adding the country would continue with its "multilateral and active" foreign policy.

"Turkey's enhancing of relations with one region or one country does not mean the weakening of relations with other regions and countries," Kurtulmuş said.

The tepid response by many Western nations to Turkey's 15 July defeated coup attempt-and a subsequent trip to Russia by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan-have led many commentators to suggest that the country was departing from its traditional pro-Western foreign policy orientation.

Erdoğan's visit to Russia was his first overseas trip since the July 15 coup attempt, the aftermath of which has seen Turkey criticize Western governments and the EU for failing to support Turkish democracy in the face of a military takeover while warning Ankara to respect human rights and the rule of law.

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