Ankara uncompromising: Demands “concrete steps” from Sweden and Finland for NATO

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Ankara insists on its uncompromising stance on its accession Sweden and Finland in NATO.

The advisor to the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan Ibrahim Kalin He told his US counterpart on Monday that Ankara wanted “concrete steps” to be taken before the “terrorist organizations” – as he calls them – that exist in Finland and Sweden, in order to consider their candidacy for NATO membership.

According to a statement issued by the Turkish presidency, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Ibrahim Kalin discussed the Nordic countries’ candidacy for NATO membership as well as the war in Ukraine on Monday.

Turkey opposes the two countries ‘accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on the grounds that they provide shelter to people affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and other organizations it considers terrorist. Finland and Sweden also ended arms exports to Turkey in 2019.

In a statement, the Turkish presidency said Kalin had told Sullivan by telephone that countries wishing to join NATO should “learn the values ​​and principles of the security and counter-terrorism alliance”. ».

“It was emphasized that Sweden and Finland are imperative to take concrete steps “regarding terrorist organizations that threaten Turkey’s national security,” the statement added.

Sweden and Finland have stated that they condemn terrorism and are open to dialogue, but that does not satisfy Ankara.

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