Ankara [Turkey]May 15 (ANI / Xinhua): Sweden and Finland have suggested cooperating with Turkey on the “security guarantees” Ankara has demanded over its plans to join NATO, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday.
Turkey has supported NATO’s open door policy, but Finland’s and Sweden’s membership offer raises security concerns for Ankara, Cavusoglu told Turkish reporters in Berlin after a NATO meeting.
Countries that “come into contact with the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) must abandon their stance”, the state TV channel TRT quoted the minister as saying.
These countries are also imposing export restrictions on Turkey in the defense industry, he said, adding that export bans should be lifted if they seek NATO membership.
Cavusoglu had a tripartite meeting with its Swedish counterpart Ann Linde and the Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto in Berlin on Saturday alongside the NATO summit.
Finland and Sweden came up with a proposal at the meeting to carry out a joint effort to address Turkey’s objections, he said.
As a NATO member, Turkey can veto a country’s accession to the military alliance. (ANI / Xinhua)