Turkey opposes Finland and Sweden’s NATO envoy Erdogan

Delegations from these countries should not bother to ask Ankara to approve their applications, the president said

will not say “yes” to ’s and ’s bid for NATO membership, said President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, adding that any attempt to persuade Ankara to change its position would be fruitless.

Both governments officially announced their intention to join the US-led bloc this weekend. Turkey had previously warned that it could oppose the move, and Erdogan called the two Nordic countries “guesthouses for terrorist organizations”. He was referring to the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP / C), which has been banned by Ankara.

“These countries do not have a clear unequivocal attitude towards terrorist organizations. Sweden is an incubation center for terrorist organizations. They bring in terrorists to speak in their parliaments. We would not say ‘yes’ to joining NATO, a security organization. They were coming. “Come on Monday to convince us. Sorry, they do not have to care,” said Erdogan.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry announced on Monday that senior officials from and Stockholm would travel to Turkey to discuss the matter. However, Erdogan indicated at the press conference that such talks would be meaningless.

To join the block, a country’s membership offer must be approved unanimously by all 30 members. It is likely that Ankara will be pressured by the United States to reverse its objections.

NATO Deputy Secretary-General Mircea Geoana had previously said he was confident his organization would be able to overcome Turkey’s reservations.

Finland and Sweden decided to reconsider their long-standing freedom policy after a major change in public opinion in the midst of the ongoing conflict . According to recent surveys, a majority in both countries now support NATO membership.

The countries’ decision to apply for NATO membership has been condemned by . In the opinion of Russian President , the new development exacerbates an already complicated international security situation.

(RT.com)

Source: sn.dk

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