«Turkish-Russian relations are necessary for the safety of Europe. Europe cannot exclude Russia,» Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim said of Turkey's thawing relations with Russia, in a breakfast press conference with the Minister of Industry of Spain in Madrid on Wednesday. Yildirim took the opportunity to reiterate Turkey's commitment to obtaining EU membership. «We are always honest... Еще with the Europe Union. We did our work. After this, the European Union should determine its future vision,» the prime minister added. He made it clear that Ankara's improving relations with Moscow are «not an alternative to Europe». Regarding Turkey's stance on Catalonia, Yildirim said «if it's not good for Spain, we won't stand behind it.» Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently announced that snap presidential elections are to take place on the 24th of June.