President Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoganinsist will not accept Finland and Sweden to join the North Atlantic Defense Alliance (NATO).
Turkey rejects Finland and Sweden’s membership in NATO because the two countries are accused of protecting Kurdish rebels.
Ankara does label Kurdish rebels as terrorists and the state that protects them as terrorist sponsors.
According to him, Finland and Sweden housed and financed “terrorists” to supply them with weapons.
“NATO is a security alliance and we cannot accept terrorists being in it,” Erdogan was quoted as saying Reuters.
Turkey had previously told NATO leaders to comply with Ankara’s request for membership in Finland and Sweden.
Erdoan also reiterated that he should not expect any changes from Turkey if their requests are not fulfilled.
One of those requests was the banning of Turkey’s separatist Kurdish organization in Sweden and Finland. Turkey also asked the two countries to extradite Kurdish rebels.
Erdogan referred to political figures and activists accused of the failed coup attempt in 2016 and fleeing abroad, including Finland and Sweden.
“We will continue to implement our policies in a definite way. We have told allies that we will still refuse membership of Finland and Sweden. And it will remain that way,” Erdogan said in a video posted on his Twitter account Thursday (19/5). ).
Previously, Erdogan had also asked other NATO members to respect his position in this regard, especially regarding security concerns if Finland and Sweden entered the alliance.
Erdoan said the Finnish and Swedish delegations should not bother visiting Ankara to lobby Turkey to soften its membership in NATO.
Turkey itself is a member of NATO and is one of the determinants of the membership of Finland and Sweden in the alliance.