Ankara: Turkey does not close the door on Sweden and Finland joining NATO


THE Turkey is not closed the door for integration of Sweden and her Finland in NATObut wants negotiations with these two Nordic countries, as well as the suppression of activities that it characterizes as terrorist, especially in Stockholm, said today the representative of the Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

“We are not closing the door. “But we are basically raising this issue as a national security issue for Turkey,” Ibrahim Kalin, who is also the Turkish president’s top foreign policy adviser, told Reuters.

Erdogan surprised NATO members and the two Nordic countries seeking to join the alliance, saying on Friday that it was not possible for Turkey to support NATO enlargement because Finland and Sweden are home to “many terrorist organizations”. .

Any country seeking to join the North Atlantic Alliance needs the unanimous support of all its members. The United States and other member states are trying to clarify Ankara’s position.

Kalin claimed that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has been branded a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU) and is raising funds in Europe, and that its presence is “strong and open and recognized”, especially in Sweden.

“What needs to be done is clear: they need to stop allowing gas stations, activities, organizations, individuals and other PKK presence in these countries,” Kalin said.

“Joining NATO is always a process. We will see how things go. “But this is the first point at which we want to draw the attention of all the allies as well as the Swedish authorities.” “Of course we want to have a discussion, a negotiation with Swedish counterparts.”

Turkey is urging NATO to “address the concerns of all members, not just some,” Kalin said.

Asked if Turkey was considered too busy in wartime bargains, and while public opinion in Finland and Sweden supported NATO membership, Erdogan’s spokesman said: “One hundred percent of our population is very worried about the PKK’s presence. and FETO (Gulenists) in Europe “.

“If they (Finland and Sweden) have an audience that is concerned about their own national security, we also have an audience that is equally concerned about their own security,” he said. “We have to look at each other.”

Kalin stressed that Russia’s harsh criticism of Finland and Sweden’s plans did not affect Turkey in terms of its position.

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