In recent years, due to his geopolitical embrace with Russia, the Tayyip Erdogan had been described as his “black sheep” NATO. Turkey’s relations with the United States have reached a tipping point, but that has not deterred the Turkish president from stepping on two “boats”, one from the West and one from Moscow. It is apparently doing so successfully, because the US leadership, despite the strong relationship that Ankara has with the Russiaseeks to rekindle relations with Turkey, which, of course, has never ceased to be considered a strong and important NATO ally.
A few 24 hours ago, news broke that the Biden government had asked Congress to approve a new armaments package for Turkey, which includes, among other things, the upgrade of Turkish F-16s. An action that was rightly interpreted as an attempt by the United States to reconnect with the “unruly” but necessary Erdogan. The Turkish president, despite the “gift” of the USA, wants to follow and impose his own geopolitical agenda.
At a time when the debate over the accession of Finland and Sweden to the North Atlantic Alliance has erupted, Tayyip Erdogan puts his own veto on this possibility, openly opposing the Westerners, especially the USA, which is openly in favor of it. penetration of the two countries, which will drastically change the geopolitical balances in Europe and beyond.
Wanting to appear sympathetic to Russia, which is launching threats against Helsinki and Stockholm and at the same time turning its consent to the accession of the two countries into an eastern bargain, apparently with the aim of gaining “rewards” and geopolitical gains, Tagan E follows his own diplomatic path again. He expressed his negative attitude towards the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, claiming, among other things, that the Nordic countries are “hostels” of terrorists.
“We are currently monitoring developments in Sweden and Finland, but we are not in a positive mood. They made mistakes in NATO with the case of Greece in the past, its previous administrations, you know the attitude of Greece towards Turkey. Second, we do not want to make a mistake. “The Nordic countries are like ‘hostels’ for terrorist organizations,” said the Turkish president, who did not hesitate to re-engage with the United States because of the fact that they have excluded areas of northern Syria, controlled by Kurdish YPG guerrillas.
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“I do not know what to say about Biden. After seeing all the data and the exact statements of Biden, then we will reveal our position. First of all, the YPG is a terrorist organization and is the same as the PKK. It is impossible for us to accept this mistake of America. “America has provided all kinds of financial support against the PKK terrorist organization, against all organizations in northern Syria,” said Tayyip Erdogan.
Sweden, Finland plan to discuss NATO membership with Turkey
Sweden and Finland plan to hold talks with Turkey in Berlin on Saturday following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s opposition to the two Nordic countries joining NATO, the two foreign ministries said.
Swedish Foreign Minister Anne Linde “will have the opportunity to discuss a possible Swedish candidacy” with her Turkish counterpart during an informal meeting of NATO ministers to which Sweden and Finland are invited, she told AFP. .
“I hope that we will continue to have positive messages from all 30 NATO member countries. “Many of the 30 allies have expressed strong public support for Sweden and Finland.”
“The Turkish government has not sent us this kind of message directly,” she said.
The accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO would be a “mistake”, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier today.
During a press conference in Helsinki at the same time, Finnish Foreign Minister Peka Haavisto also announced his intention to “continue the discussion” with Turkish Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoλουlu.
“I think we need patience in these processes and this is not happening overnight … Let ‘s go step by step,” he said, noting that Finland has not yet officially announced its NATO bid.
Erdogan’s statement today seems to have come as a surprise to Helsinki, as Haavisto has visited Turkey twice in recent months and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto spoke by telephone with Erdogan in early April.
Following the phone call, Niinisto wrote on Twitter: “Turkey supports Finland’s goals.”
Joining a new member of the North Atlantic Alliance requires unanimity. Thus, Turkey can block the candidacies of the two Nordic countries, which are expected to be announced in the coming days.
Washington wants to clarify Turkey’s position on Sweden, Finland joining NATO
The United States is trying to clarify Turkey’s position on the possible membership of Sweden and Finland in NATO, the Deputy Foreign Minister for European and Eurasian Affairs said today, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoτεραan said Ankara does not support the request of the two countries.
Speaking to reporters, Karen Donfried said the issue would be discussed at a NATO summit in Berlin over the weekend.
US President Joe Biden spoke today with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in a phone call that lasted just over half an hour, according to the White House.
The Finnish president wrote on Twitter that he “presented Finland’s next steps towards NATO membership” and added that his country “is deeply grateful to the United States for its support”.
Turkey today threatened to block the two countries from joining NATO. This process can only be completed if the request is unanimously approved by all the member countries of the Pact.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki reiterated on Thursday that Washington would support the request, while NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he was ready to welcome the two countries “with open arms”.