“Outrageous and unacceptable friends and allies us to support the PKK terrorist organization“, Said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Tsavousogloureferring to Ankara ‘s reservations about possible membership of Sweden and Finland in NATO, which, he said, “openly support and have relations with the PKK, which is a terrorist organization”.
“Turkey has supported NATO’s open door policy from the beginning. Even when some people were against the accession of some countries in our region and in the western Balkans, we supported their accession. But NATO is not a union or an international organization, it is an alliance. “The issue is not only security, but also solidarity, when the allies need it,” said Tsavousoglou, attending the working dinner of the informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin, stressing that “these two “Countries openly support and have relations with the PKK, which is a terrorist organization, attacking our troops every day – even yesterday we lost a soldier on our territory.” Therefore, he continued, “it is unacceptable and outrageous that our friends and allies support this terrorist organization.”
The Turkish Foreign Minister also stated that “due to Turkey’s fight against this terrorist organization, export restrictions have been imposed on the defense industry products that we import from our allies and some countries that are planning to join NATO”, to underline that “for “The vast majority of the Turkish people are against the accession of these countries and are asking us to prevent this accession.” He noted, however, that all these issues should be discussed with the allies and the two countries concerned.