World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish State Minister Zafer Caglayan said Saturday, in regard to allegations that Turkey shifted her direction from the west to the east, there was no shift in Turkey's axis.
In a written statement issued on Saturday, Caglayan said that the global crisis led to the world economy's shift of axis, according to Anadolu Agency.
Turkey, as an historic and cultural bridge between the east and the west, is rapidly adapting herself to the new balances in world economy, Caglayan said.
The fall in demand in Europe and the developments in parity of euro-dollar forced Turkey to seek new markets. Searching for new markets was not merely done by Turkey but also by countries such as Brazil and China, Caglayan said.
Turkey, with her strategy for neighboring and regional countries and free trade agreements, has become a country that works with all corners of the world, Caglayan said.
As a country with the strongest economy in the region and as a center between the east and the west, Turkey has no time to waste with allegations of a shift in axis, Caglayan also said.
Regional support vs EU integrity
Earlier, President Abdullah Gul also cited that Turkey's axis did not shifted to different world.
Gul said that integration to the European Union (EU) and Europe was the main tendency and strategy of Turkey's foreign policy.
Gul said that there had not been any slight deviation from that target for over half a century.
"These advantages and other countries with which Turkey have relationship will be a richness for the EU if Turkey becomes a full member," Gul said.
Gul said nobody should make evaluations that Turkey was shifting towards a different world.
Meanwhile, Turkish Primer Tayyip Erdogan said that "There has not been a shift of axis in Turkey's foreign policy."
Those who allege a shift in Turkey's axis are the ones who have not understood Turkey's multi-dimensional foreign policy, Erdogan said.
I tell the EU countries openly. If you are not a Christian club, you have to let Turkey in as a full member. We are not going to be a burden on the EU but will rather help the EU carry its burden, Erdogan also said.