ISTANBUL, June 25 (Xinhua) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey’s concerns about Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO were not answered with any significant steps.
In a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Erdogan said that Finland and Sweden had to take sincere and tangible steps towards hosting the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) within their borders, Turkey. presidential election. This is stated by the office in a statement.
The Turkish leader pointed out that the military and industrial sanctions against Turkey should be lifted and not re-enacted after accession.
In a separate conversation, Erdogan told Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson that there had been no change in attitudes on the part of Sweden regarding the PKK and YPG and that the Nordic country had not yet taken real steps to allay Turkey’s concerns.
According to the statement, Erdogan also reiterated Turkey’s expectations of lifting all sanctions against the Turkish defense and arms industry.
Finland’s and Sweden’s ambitions to join NATO were blocked by Turkey, which accused the two countries of accepting banned separatists and imposing sanctions on their future allies.