Erdogan rules out approval of Sweden’s NATO membership without extradition of PKK fighters
Turkey believes that joining the alliance of countries supporting the Kurdistan Workers' Party will make it unsafe. Erdogan also rebuked NATO for disrespecting Ankara
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Swedish representatives should not bother negotiating with Turkey about the Kingdom's entry into NATO, as it will not approve it without the extradition of members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist organization in Ankara. This was stated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Milliyet reports.
“They are going to arrive on Monday. Let them not trouble themselves, our attitude is obvious. Terrorist organizations are still marching in Sweden, — Erdogan explained.
The Turkish leader found the simultaneous support of the kingdom of Kurdish formations and requests to Turkey to support his membership in NATO inconsistent.
“We asked Sweden to extradite 30 terrorists, they said they would not extradite them. Terrorists are not extradited, but they ask us to accept them into NATO, — he explained (quoted from Hurriyet). According to Erdogan, Sweden's accession to the alliance, given the situation with the PKK, will make it unsafe.
The Turkish President also rebuked the alliance for disrespecting Ankara's concerns, noting that some other members are treated differently there.
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Earlier, Erdogan also accused Sweden and Finland of supporting sanctions against Turkey.
On the eve of Bloomberg, it was reported that Ankara is asking for approval of the entry of these countries into the North Atlantic Alliance, the return of Turkey to the training program for pilots of American F-35 fighters and the removal of sanctions from it for the purchase of the S-400 anti-aircraft complex from Russia. Stockholm and Helsinki should also publicly denounce the Kurdish formations and recognize the PKK as a terrorist organization.
The Turkish edition of Sabah listed ten demands from Ankara. Among other things, she demands from the Finnish and Swedish authorities not to admit members of the PKK to parliaments and avoid contacts with them, to stop disinformation from the followers of the preacher Fethullah Gülen (their organization FETO is also recognized as a terrorist organization in Turkey) and to block the bank accounts of these structures.
On May 18, Sweden and Finland filed formal applications to join NATO. Now they will be considered by the Council of the North Atlantic Alliance, then it must be ratified by the parliaments of all 30 members.
The leader of the European People's Party, the largest faction of the European Parliament, Manfred Weber noted that any member of the alliance who will prevent these countries from joining, will be isolated within the bloc.
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