Turkey Wants to Join BRICS: Becoming the Only NATO Member in the Alliance

Foreign Affairs Minister said that Turkey has a strong desire to enter this alliance. Currently, none of the BRICS member countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia...) are NATO members

by Sededin Dedovic
Turkey Wants to Join BRICS: Becoming the Only NATO Member in the Alliance
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The BRICS intergovernmental association could offer Turkey a "good alternative" to replace the European Union, said Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan. According to him, Turkey would like to join the BRICS association. "Of course, we would like to become a member of BRICS.

We will see how things develop this year," Fidan said during a visit to China, as reported by the South China Morning Post. He also noted that he looks forward to participating in the BRICS ministerial meeting in Russia next week.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin welcomes Turkey's interest in BRICS and that this topic will be discussed at the upcoming summit of the association in Kazan, according to Kommersant. Additionally, the head of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized that one of the most important pillars of foreign policy is creating strong economic ties.

According to him, some major EU countries, due to "identity politics," have never allowed Turkey to become a full member of the European bloc, despite its long-standing efforts to join. "So we will have to look for an alternative," said Fidan.

Turkey became a candidate for EU membership in 1999. Accession negotiations with Ankara began in 2005 but have long been stalled due to many issues such as human rights and the country's foreign policy. In August 2023, at the summit in Johannesburg, the BRICS leaders adopted a declaration on expanding the organization, which at that time consisted of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

As of January 1, 2024, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE have become members of the organization. Thailand, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Venezuela, and more than 30 other states have expressed their intention to join the association.

Grain Exchange Important to Turkey

Putin supported the proposal of the Exporters' Union to create a BRICS grain exchange. "Your idea is very good, and since there are countries in our BRICS association that produce and buy grains, I think my colleagues will be interested in this.

On your proposal, we will certainly work on it with our partners," said Putin. The largest importers of Russian wheat, accounting for about 40 percent of exports in recent years, have been Egypt and Turkey. Egypt imported 80 percent of its grains from Russia, but also from Ukraine. Turkey processes it into flour for export to the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Iran and Syria are also major buyers.

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