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Erdogan says he will not approve Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership if they sanction Turkey

Erdogan says he will not approve Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership if they sanction Turkey


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a welcoming ceremony for his Algerian counterpart, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, in Ankara, Turkey on Could 16. (Burhan Ozbilici/AP)

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated on Monday that he wouldn’t approve Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership in the event that they sanction Ankara. 

“To start with, we might not say ‘sure’ to those that impose sanctions on Turkey becoming a member of NATO, which is a safety group. As a result of then NATO wouldn’t stay a safety group anymore, it turns into a spot the place representatives of the fear focus,” Erdogan stated. 

Talking at a information convention in Ankara, Erdogan stated Swedish and Finnish delegations mustn’t trouble coming to Turkey to attempt to persuade Turkey to approve the nation’s NATO membership. 

Turkey’s international minister held “some” conferences with Swedish and Finnish counterparts, Erdogan stated, including that not one of the two nations had a transparent stance in opposition to terror organizations.

“Even when they are saying ‘we’re in opposition to them,’ quite the opposite they’ve statements saying that they don’t hand over the terrorists that they should hand over to Turkey,” he stated. 
He added that Sweden is a “nest” for terror organizations, saying it permits terrorists to talk in parliaments. 
“They’ve particular invites to terrorists. They even have professional PKK MPs of their parliaments. How are we going to belief them?”

Erdogan reiterated the identical stance final week when he advised a information convention in Istanbul that he was not wanting on the prospect of Finland and Sweden becoming a member of NATO “positively,” accusing each nations of housing Kurdish “terrorist organizations.”

The PKK, or Kurdistan Employee’s Celebration, which seeks an unbiased state in Turkey, has been in an armed wrestle with Turkey for many years and has been designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the USA and European Union.

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