Turkey’s NATO wish list revealed by media

The bloc’s member hopes and Sweden are reportedly facing ten demands from Ankara

has presented Finland and Sweden with a list of ten requirements they must meet to secure Ankara’s support for their offers of membership, the Yeni Safak store reported on Wednesday, referring to the documents they had received.

Although the Turkish has not yet confirmed the authenticity of this list, it corresponds to previous official statements from Ankara.

Turkey has opposed the two ‘accession to the military alliance, describing Finland and Sweden as “guesthouses for terrorist organizations” because they host members of Kurdish groups, such as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is banned. in Turkey.

The list of demands, if confirmed to be genuine, shows that the terror-related fears are still a key issue for Ankara when it comes to and ’s NATO bid. Seven out of ten requirements are related to this issue.

At the top of the list, Turkey reportedly asks Finland and Sweden to support the country “in its fight against terrorist organizations”, including the PKK and the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), which are suspected of trying to coup in Turkey in 2016, as well as their subsidiaries.

Another condition on Ankara’s list is that Sweden and Finland must “establish the necessary legal rules and legal framework for the fight against terrorism.”

Turkey also wants Swedish and Finnish authorities to prevent any attempt to set up offices for the PKK branches. FETO activities in the two countries must be banned and their websites and press offices closed, according to the list published by Yeni Safak.

Ankara also called for the freezing of assets of the terrorism-related organizations, the expulsion and extradition of terrorist suspects, and a ban on demonstrations.

Finland and Sweden have also reportedly been asked to share intelligence with Turkey and remove the defense industry’s restrictions on it.

In 2019, some European nations, including Sweden and Finland, introduced a ban on arms trade with Turkey in response to its military invasion of Syria.

“It was also stated that if Sweden and Finland become members of NATO, they must fulfill these commitments,” reads the last item on the list.

Earlier this month, Finnish Foreign Minister admitted that Finland, due to the attitude of Turkish officials to Helsinki, had ended up in “a kind of purgatory”, which it was not prepared for “in this form”.

At the end of May, Sweden’s Magdalena Andersson responded to Turkey’s main concerns and said that it was easy for her to clarify that Sweden does not send money or weapons to terrorist organizations.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has stated on several occasions that the security problems of all members should be addressed, but did not publicly call on Sweden and Finland to comply with Turkey’s demands. He expressed confidence that they would overcome their differences.

A consensus from all NATO states is needed to add a new member to the alliance.

Finland and Sweden, which stayed out of NATO during the Cold War, decided to join the bloc in the wake of the Russian offensive in . Russia has criticized the measure, saying it considers it a threat to its own security and must therefore provide an appropriate response.


Source: sn.dk

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