Turkey continues to block the process of Sweden and Finland joining NATO. President Erdoğan clarifies his position before the alliance talks.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continues to insist his country’s fears of Sweden and Finland joining NATO.
Both countries must first take “concrete and serious” action, for example against the Kurdish PKK and YPG, Erdoğan said in a clear phone call with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, according to his presidency.
Countries should change their attitude towards the Kurdish PKK
In mid-May, Sweden and Finland asked to join the defense alliance against the background of the Russian attack on Ukraine. However, Turkey is currently blocking the admission process, justifying its position with alleged support from Finland and Sweden to “terrorist organizations” such as the banned Kurdish Workers’ Party of the PKK and the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. Sweden and Finland reject it. Russia has announced that it will be possible to see the expansion of NATO territory as a threat to itself.
As for the PKK, both countries need to “change their position,” Erdogan said. In addition, both states should guarantee the lifting of the arms embargo and promise not to resort to similar tactics in the future.