NATO member against Sweden and Finland in blocs

Turkey has opposed the alliance intentions of the Scandinavian nations and claims that they are like “a guesthouse for terrorists”

Turkish President Erdoan said on Friday that opposes the possibility of Sweden and joining NATO because he believes the two Scandinavian nations are harboring “terrorists”.

By “terrorists”, the Turkish leader meant militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a separatist movement operating in southeastern Turkey, and members of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP / C), a banned Turkish Communist Party.

The statement came after Helsinki and showed their intention to join the US-led military alliance.

“We are currently following developments regarding Sweden and Finland [joining NATO], but we are not in favor of it. At present it is not possible for us to have a positive attitude, told the Turkish president to journalists.

“Unfortunately, Scandinavian countries are almost like a guest house for terrorist organizations. The PKK and DHKP / C are encapsulated in Sweden and the Netherlands. And I go even further, in their parliament.” he added.

In April, worried about Russia’s military action in , Sweden and Finland began to consider abandoning their neutral status and joining NATO. Finnish top officials have already supported the initiative. Sweden will make a decision on joining the military bloc on 15 May.

Earlier, NATO Secretary General reiterated that the US-led organization would be keen to include both nations and would speed up the accession process.

Moscow has repeatedly stated that it sees NATO’s expansion as a threat to its national security. The has also warned Sweden and Finland that they would jeopardize their security, rather than improve it, by joining the alliance.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the agreements, which were first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s final recognition of the and Lugansk republics. The German- and French-mediated Minsk Protocol was designed to give the breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kyiv insists that the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims that it planned to retake the two republics by force.


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