ANKARA (Sputnik) – Delivering a speech to the activists of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Afyonkarahisar, Yildirim said as quoted by Turkey's NTV broadcaster:
"Turkey has been on the way to enter the European Union since the middle of the last century, we have fulfilled our part [of the agreements]. After this it is up to the European Union to decide. If it wants Turkey to enter, it should express its will. But Turkey always has alternatives."
Yildirim added that the prospects of the EU development are related solely to Turkish participation and noted the necessity to simplify the visa rules.
The negotiations on Turkish EU membership have been repeatedly suspended because of such disagreements as the Turkish stand on the Cyprus dispute, among others.