Turkey may oppose Finland’s and Sweden’s accession to NATO, Erdogan says

Turkey would not support the accession of Finland or Sweden to the alliance, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday citing concerns about attendance "terrorists" in both countries.

"We are following developments in Sweden and Finland, but we do not have positive views," Erdogan said and added this "The Scandinavian countries are inns for terrorist organizations."

The Turkish president has previously stated that supporters of separatist Kurdish militants fighting in the south-east of Turkey are allowed to roam freely in some parts of .

"They are even MEPs in some countries. It is not possible for us to be in favor," he said.

Erdogan’s comments come after the and the (SDP) issued a joint statement on Thursday supporting Finland’s application to NATO, and a formal decision is expected in the coming days.

The application for membership of either Finland or Sweden requires the ratification of all 30 member states. Turkey has been a member of NATO since 1952.

reported that Erdogan told reporters in on Friday that ’s admission to the alliance was a mistake.

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Source: The Nordic Page

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