ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey no longer needs to join the European Union but will not unilaterally abandon the stalled EU accession talks, President Tayyip Erdogan told parliament on Sunday.


"We will not be the side which gives up. To tell the truth, we don’t need EU membership anymore," Erdogan said.


(Reporting by Dirimcan Barut; Writing by Dominic Evans; Editing by Gareth Jones)