Tag: Kurdistan Workers’ Party

  • Erdogan gives green light to NATO applicants

    Erdogan gives green light to NATO applicants

    The Turkish president said parliament will approve Finland’s membership application, while Sweden remains in limbo Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that his country’s parliament will ratify Finland’s application to join the NATO bloc. Before Finland and Sweden could join the alliance, Trkiye demanded that the Nordic nations crack down on alleged Kurdish […]

  • Turkey’s Erdogan says he will support Finland’s NATO bid

    Turkey’s Erdogan says he will support Finland’s NATO bid

    © Provided by Xinhua ANKARA, March 17 (Xinhua) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed Friday to ask parliament to vote on Finland’s NATO membership, but delayed Sweden’s proposal, saying Finland has taken concrete steps to address Turkey’s security concerns. “We have observed concrete and sincere steps from Finland recently. As a result of Finland’s […]

  • Erdogan portrait lit up in NATO-bound country media

    Erdogan portrait lit up in NATO-bound country media

    The demonstration in Helsinki was organized by pro-Kurdish ?anti-authoritarian? activists A group of protesters burned a portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in front of their nation’s embassy in Helsinki over the weekend, Finnish media reported on Wednesday. Four people ended up being arrested during what turned out to be a chaotic incident, the […]

  • Portrait of Erdogan burned in Finland in front of NATO voice media

    Portrait of Erdogan burned in Finland in front of NATO voice media

    The demonstration in Helsinki was organized by pro-Kurdish ?anti-authoritarian? activists A group of protesters burned a portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in front of their nation’s embassy in Helsinki over the weekend, Finnish media have reported. The episode occurred amid tensions ahead of Wednesday’s vote on NATO membership. A majority of MPs passed […]

  • Finland reverses course, prepares to join NATO without Sweden

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (CN) – Finland is now ready to let Sweden into a NATO partnership because Helsinki is unwilling to stay out of the military alliance any longer than necessary. That was the core message from Finnish President Sauli Niinist to the press on Friday, the first day of a security conference in Munich, where […]

  • Turkey’s president says no support for Sweden’s NATO bid

    Turkey’s president says no support for Sweden’s NATO bid

    ISTANBUL – Turkey’s president cast serious doubt on NATO expansion on Monday after warning Sweden not to expect support for its bid to join the military alliance following weekend protests in Stockholm by anti-Islam activist and pro-Kurdish groups. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized Rasmus Paludan’s protest against the Koran on Saturday, saying it was an […]

  • Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO prospects

    Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO prospects

    Ankara accused Stockholm of allowing a “direct hate crime” in violation of an agreement to join NATO Trkiye has accused Sweden of not fulfilling its obligations to crack down on “terrorist” groups and exterminate theirs “propaganda” under a deal it had signed to earn Ankara’s blessing to join NATO. The latest diplomatic spat comes after […]

  • Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO prospects

    Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO prospects

    Ankara accused Stockholm of allowing a ?direct hate crime? in violation of an agreement to join NATO Türkiye has accused Sweden of failing to meet its obligations to crack down on “terrorist groups” and root out their “propaganda” under a deal it had signed to earn Ankara’s blessing to join NATO. The latest diplomatic spat […]

  • Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO commitment

    Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO commitment

    Ankara accused Stockholm of allowing a “direct hate crime” in violation of an agreement to join NATO Trkiye has accused Sweden of not fulfilling its obligations to crack down on “terrorist” groups and exterminate theirs “propaganda” under a deal it had signed to earn Ankara’s blessing to join NATO. The latest diplomatic spat comes after […]

  • Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO commitment

    Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO commitment

    Ankara accused Stockholm of allowing a ?direct hate crime? in violation of an agreement to join NATO Türkiye has accused Sweden of failing to meet its obligations to crack down on “terrorist groups” and root out their “propaganda” under a deal it had signed to earn Ankara’s blessing to join NATO. The latest diplomatic spat […]

  • Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO commitments

    Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO commitments

    Ankara accused Stockholm of allowing a ?direct hate crime? in violation of an agreement to join NATO Türkiye has accused Sweden of failing to meet its obligations to crack down on “terrorist groups” and root out their “propaganda” under a deal it had signed to earn Ankara’s blessing to join NATO. The latest diplomatic spat […]

  • Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO commitments

    Trkiye questions Sweden’s NATO commitments

    Ankara accused Stockholm of allowing a “direct hate crime” in violation of an agreement to join NATO Trkiye has accused Sweden of not fulfilling its obligations to crack down on “terrorist” groups and exterminate theirs “propaganda” under a deal it had signed to earn Ankara’s blessing to join NATO. The latest diplomatic spat comes after […]

  • Trkiye cancels the visit of the NATO hope’s defense minister

    Trkiye cancels the visit of the NATO hope’s defense minister

    The move comes after a picture of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was hung in the Swedish capital Ankara has canceled the planned visit of Swedish Defense Minister Pal Jonson, his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, revealed on Saturday. The move comes after members of the Kurdish community held an anti-Turkish protest in Stockholm. “At this point, […]

  • Trkiye cancels the visit of the NATO hope’s defense minister

    Trkiye cancels the visit of the NATO hope’s defense minister

    The move comes after a picture of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was hung in the Swedish capital Ankara has canceled the planned visit of Swedish Defense Minister Pal Jonson, his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, revealed on Saturday. The move comes after members of the Kurdish community held an anti-Turkish protest in Stockholm. “At this point, […]

  • Trkiye cancels visit of defense minister from NATO hopeful

    Trkiye cancels visit of defense minister from NATO hopeful

    The move comes after a picture of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was hung in the Swedish capital Ankara has canceled the planned visit of Swedish Defense Minister Pal Jonson, his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, revealed on Saturday. The move comes after members of the Kurdish community held an anti-Turkish protest in Stockholm. “At this point, […]

  • Sweden’s refusal to investigate Erdogan’s doll incident ‘absurd’: Turkish FM

    ANKARA, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) — Turkey’s foreign minister on Tuesday claimed as “absurd” a Swedish prosecutor’s decision not to investigate a protest in Stockholm where the effigy of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was hung. “The decision by the (Swedish) prosecutor’s office not to investigate the incident is extremely absurd, and we all know what the […]

  • Trkiye adds uncertainty to Sweden’s NATO bid

    Trkiye adds uncertainty to Sweden’s NATO bid

    While Stockholm says it is in a “good position” for accession, Ankara is less enthusiastic Top Swedish and Turkish officials have made contradictory statements about negotiations to unblock Stockholm’s NATO bid. Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson told reporters on Monday that the country was in a “very good position” – hours after Turkish President Recep […]

  • Trkiye adds uncertainty to Sweden’s NATO bid

    Trkiye adds uncertainty to Sweden’s NATO bid

    While Stockholm says it is in a “good position” for accession, Ankara is less enthusiastic Top Swedish and Turkish officials have made contradictory statements about negotiations to unblock Stockholm’s NATO bid. Sweden’s Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson told reporters on Monday that the country was in a “very good location” – hours after Turkish President Recep […]

  • Trkiye summons Swedish ambassador over Erdogan picture

    Trkiye summons Swedish ambassador over Erdogan picture

    Protesters in Stockholm hung a puppet of the Turkish leader upside down from a lamppost Ankara has accused Sweden of failing to take necessary measures against terrorism after a group of protesters hoisted a picture of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a bridge near Stockholm City Hall. On Thursday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned […]

  • Trkiye summons Swedish ambassador over Erdogan picture

    Trkiye summons Swedish ambassador over Erdogan picture

    Protesters in Stockholm hung a puppet of the Turkish leader upside down from a lamppost Ankara has accused Sweden of failing to take necessary measures against terrorism after a group of protesters hoisted a picture of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a bridge near Stockholm City Hall. On Thursday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned […]

  • Turkish prosecutors begin an investigation into protests against Erdogan in Sweden

    ANKARA, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) — Turkish prosecutors on Friday opened an investigation into a protest against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Stockholm, Sweden’s capital, the semi-official Anadolu Agency reported. The decision came after the Turkish president filed a criminal complaint with Turkish prosecutors over the protest. “A criminal complaint has been submitted to Ankara’s […]

  • Xinhua Middle East News Roundup at 2200 GMT, 12 January

    DAMASCUS – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday called on Turkey to remove its military presence on Syrian soil and end its support for rebels in Syria so that constructive talks between the two countries can move forward. Assad made the remarks during a meeting with the visiting Russian president’s special envoy for Syria Alexander […]

  • Türkiye summons Swedish envoy for protests against Erdogan

    ANKARA, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) — Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday summoned Swedish Ambassador Staffan Herrstrom to protest the “terrorist propaganda” against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The ministry relayed Turkey’s reaction to the anti-Erdogan protests held by supporters of Syria’s Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Sweden’s capital […]

  • Sweden on its NATO membership: Turkey is asking too much

    “Sweden is confident that Turkey will approve its application for NATO membership, but we cannot meet all Turkish demands,” Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said on Sunday, quoted by the Reuters agency. “Turkey has confirmed that we have done what we said we would do, but they also say they want things that we cannot […]

  • Sweden complains that the NATO member is asking for the impossible

    Sweden complains that the NATO member is asking for the impossible

    Trkiye demands too much, despite several concessions, says Stockholm Sweden’s Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson has complained during a security conference on Sunday that Turkey has made impossible demands on the country as a condition for joining NATO. Turkey”has confirmed that we have done what we said we would do, but it also says that it […]

  • Sweden complains that NATO countries are asking for the impossible

    Sweden complains that NATO countries are asking for the impossible

    Trkiye demands too much, even after receiving many concessions, says Stockholm NATO member Turkey has piled impossible demands on Sweden as conditions for joining the military bloc, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson complained during a security conference on Sunday. Türkiye “has confirmed that we have done what we said we would do, but it also says […]

  • Swedes oppose Turkey’s NATO demand investigation

    Swedes oppose Turkey’s NATO demand investigation

    Almost 80% are against changing a law to speed up membership of the bloc, a DN/Ipsos poll has shown An overwhelming majority of Swedes believe their country should not betray its legal principles to meet Turkey’s conditions for ratifying Stockholm’s NATO bid, according to a new Ipsos poll commissioned by Dagens Nyheter and released on […]

  • Swedes are adamant about Turkey’s NATO demand investigation

    Swedes are adamant about Turkey’s NATO demand investigation

    Almost 80% oppose a change in the law to speed up the process of joining the bloc, a DN/Ipsos poll has shown An overwhelming majority of Swedes believe their country should not betray its legal principles to meet Turkey’s conditions for ratifying Stockholm’s NATO bid, according to a new Ipsos poll commissioned by Dagens Nyheter […]

  • The Kurds hold a mourning march after the shooting in Paris 3

    The Kurds hold a mourning march after the shooting in Paris 3

    Members of France’s Kurdish community and others held a silent march Monday to honor three people killed in a shooting at a Kurdish cultural center in Paris that prosecutors said was motivated by racism. Turkey summoned France’s ambassador on Monday over what it called “black propaganda” by Kurdish activists after the shooting. Some have marched […]

  • Turkey says more steps are needed for Sweden’s NATO membership

    ANKARA, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) — Sweden has not taken enough “concrete steps” to extradite people Ankara considers terrorists and freeze their assets, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday, as Sweden tries to convince Turkey to ratify the country. apply to join NATO. “They deported a PKK (banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party)-affiliated person to our country. […]

  • Turkish FM criticizes Sweden’s refusal to extradite the journalist

    ANKARA, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday criticized a Swedish court’s refusal to extradite a Turkish journalist Ankara says is a member of the Gulen movement. “The rejection of our request for the extradition of Bulent Kenes was a very negative development. We do not expect good words from Sweden […]

  • Ankara repeats demands for NATO aspirants

    Ankara repeats demands for NATO aspirants

    Sweden and Finland must take “concrete steps” to fulfill anti-terrorism promises to Turkey, defense minister says Trkiye insists that Nato aspirants Sweden and Finland must keep their promises to crack down on suspected terrorists, primarily supporters of Kurdish militias, before they can consider their bids for membership, the Turkish defense minister has said. “There are […]

  • Sweden’s extradition of PKK member ‘shows goodwill’: Ankara

    ANKARA, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) — Sweden’s extradition of an alleged member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) shows “good will,” and Turkey expects more of such moves during the Nordic country’s NATO bid process, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Monday. “The Swedish government deported a PKK terrorist and sent him to Türkiye. […]

  • Sweden fulfills the Turkish demand – media

    Sweden fulfills the Turkish demand – media

    Stockholm has handed over a man previously found guilty of membership in a banned Kurdish group, according to the Anadolu news agency Sweden has extradited to Turkey a man convicted in his home country of being a member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Ankara considers a terrorist organization, Anadolu news agency reported on […]

  • Finland describes the reasons for applying for membership in NATO

    Finland describes the reasons for applying for membership in NATO

    Moscow’s nuclear rhetoric prompted Helsinki to apply to join the US-led military bloc, Finland’s foreign minister has said. Russia allegedly “nuclear threat” amid the Ukraine conflict was the key factor spurring Finland to seek NATO membership, the country’s Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said on Sunday. Moscow has stated on numerous occasions that it has never […]

  • Sweden fulfills Turkish media demand

    Sweden fulfills Turkish media demand

    Stockholm has handed over a man previously found guilty of membership in a banned Kurdish group, according to the Anadolu news agency Sweden has extradited to Turkey a man convicted in his home country of being a member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Ankara considers a terrorist organization, Anadolu news agency reported on […]

  • Finland explains the reasons for joining NATO

    Finland explains the reasons for joining NATO

    Moscow’s nuclear rhetoric prompted Helsinki to apply to join the US-led military bloc, Finland’s foreign minister has said. Russia’s alleged “nuclear threat” amid the Ukraine conflict was the key factor spurring Finland to seek NATO membership, the country’s Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said on Sunday. Moscow has stated on numerous occasions that it has never […]

  • US approves arms sales to NATO applicants

    US approves arms sales to NATO applicants

    The potential deal with Finland involves tactical missiles and glide bombs, the Defense Department says The US State Department has given the green light to the potential sale of tactical missiles, glide bombs and related equipment to Finland, the Defense Department has said. Helsinki, which wants to join the US-led NATO military bloc, will receive […]

  • Turkey’s operation against Kurds in Syria risks reviving the IS group

    Turkey’s operation against Kurds in Syria risks reviving the IS group

    Turkey is threatening to send group troops into northeastern Syria in retaliation for a deadly bomb in Istanbul on November 13 that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attributed to the Syrian Kurdish YPG (Kurdish People’s Protection Unit). The group has firmly denied responsibility for the attack. But Erdogan now plans to escalate the offensive in the […]

  • Sweden amends the constitution to crack down on terrorism

    Sweden amends the constitution to crack down on terrorism

    The amendment was necessary to win Trkiye’s approval for the nation’s NATO bid The Swedish Parliament has adopted a constitutional amendment that makes it possible to introduce restrictions on freedom of association. A crackdown on suspected terrorists was demanded by Turkey as a condition for accepting the country’s bid to join NATO. The change was […]

  • Turkey blamed the Kurdish PKK for the bombing in Istanbul

    Turkey’s interior minister has accused the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) of being responsible for a bombing on a busy shopping street in Istanbul that killed six people and injured more than 80. On Sunday afternoon, a a popular shopping destination for locals and tourists. A suspect was arrested early Monday. “The person who planted the […]

  • NATO seeks to vote on changes to appease Trkiye

    NATO seeks to vote on changes to appease Trkiye

    Proposed changes to Sweden’s constitution aim to tighten legislation against terrorism Swedish parliamentarians will next week vote on constitutional changes put forward by the government to ease Turkey’s objections to Stockholm’s bid to join NATO, the country’s parliament, the Riksdag, has said. The proposed changes would make it possible to strengthen anti-terrorism laws, including limiting […]

  • Sweden must decide on constitutional amendments to appease Turkey

    Sweden must decide on constitutional amendments to appease Turkey

    The proposed changes aim to strengthen the country’s anti-terrorism laws Swedish parliamentarians will next week vote on constitutional changes put forward by the government to ease Turkey’s objections to Stockholm’s bid to join NATO, the country’s parliament, the Riksdag, has said. The proposed changes would make it possible to strengthen anti-terrorism laws, including restricting “freedom […]

  • Sweden’s prime minister promises to meet Turkey’s demands for NATO membership

    ANKARA, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) — Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson vowed on Tuesday to meet Turkish security demands in a bid to win Turkey’s approval of his country’s application to join NATO. “We will fully implement the trilateral memorandum,” Kristersson said at a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the capital […]

  • Live: Power restored in the occupied Ukrainian city of Kherson

    Live: Power restored in the occupied Ukrainian city of Kherson

    Power has been restored in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson after a two-day blackout, an official posted in Moscow said on Tuesday. The city, occupied by the Russian army since the February 24 invasion of Ukraine, had been without water and electricity since Sunday. Follow our live blog for the latest developments. All times […]

  • Turkey criticizes NATO applicants for lack of progress

    Turkey criticizes NATO applicants for lack of progress

    Helsinki and Stockholm had promised to address Ankara’s concerns about suspected terrorists Finland and Sweden have not handed over a single “terrorism” suspect to Turkey since they promised to review Ankara’s requests, a top official has complained. Trkiye made support from the two Nordic countries, in this area, a condition for NATO entry. Turkish Justice […]

  • The Turkish minister criticizes the response of NATO applicants to the conditions

    The Turkish minister criticizes the response of NATO applicants to the conditions

    Helsinki and Stockholm pledged to address Turkish concerns about suspected terrorists in order for Ankara to approve their bid to join the bloc Finland and Sweden have not extradited a single suspect to Turkey since they promised to review Ankara’s requests, a Turkish minister has said. Turkey made support from the two Nordic countries in […]

  • The Turkish minister criticizes the response of NATO applicants to the conditions

    The Turkish minister criticizes the response of NATO applicants to the conditions

    Helsinki and Stockholm pledged to address Turkish concerns about suspected terrorists in order for Ankara to approve their bid to join the bloc Finland and Sweden have not extradited a single suspect to Turkey since they promised to review Ankara’s requests, a Turkish minister has said. Turkey made support from the two Nordic countries in […]

  • Turkish minister comments on extraditions of NATO applicants

    Turkish minister comments on extraditions of NATO applicants

    Helsinki and Stockholm pledged to address Turkish concerns about suspected terrorists in order for Ankara to approve their bid to join the bloc Finland and Sweden have not extradited a single suspect to Turkey since they promised to review Ankara’s requests, a Turkish minister has said. Trkiye made NATO entry conditional on the two Nordic […]

  • Turkey not ready to accept Sweden’s NATO bid

    Turkey not ready to accept Sweden’s NATO bid

    Ankara is still demanding that Stockholm hand over suspects it considers terrorists, a Turkish official has said Turkey is still not ready to lift its veto and support Sweden’s NATO bid, a spokesman for the leading AK party, Omer Celik, said on Monday. Promises from Stockholm in connection with Ankara’s concerns about granting asylum to […]

  • Erdogan invites Sweden’s new prime minister to visit Turkey

    ANKARA, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would be happy to host new Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson in Türkiye during a phone call between the two leaders on Wednesday, after months of tensions with the Nordic country over its NATO bid. Erdogan told Kristersson that it is in “the […]

  • Sweden updates Turkey on “concrete actions” – Reuters

    Sweden updates Turkey on “concrete actions” – Reuters

    The Swedish security service has intensified the fight against terrorism against Kurdish militants, claims Stockholm in a letter Sweden has informed Trkiye of its further measures against Kurdish militants, and is ready to work with Ankara on the extradition of terrorist suspects to address Turkish concerns over Stockholm’s bid to join NATO, Reuters reported on […]

  • Sweden updates Turkey on concrete measures Reuters

    Sweden updates Turkey on concrete measures Reuters

    The Swedish security service has intensified the fight against terrorism against Kurdish militants, claims Stockholm in a letter Sweden has informed Türkiye of its further measures against Kurdish militants, and is ready to work with Ankara on the extradition of terrorist suspects to address Turkish concerns over Stockholm’s bid to join NATO, Reuters reported on […]

  • Sweden updates Turkey on “concrete measures” in line with NATO agreement – Reuters

    Sweden updates Turkey on “concrete measures” in line with NATO agreement – Reuters

    The Swedish security service has intensified the fight against terrorism against Kurdish militants, claims Stockholm in a letter Sweden has informed Trkiye of its further measures against Kurdish militants, and is ready to work with Ankara on the extradition of terrorist suspects to address Turkish concerns over Stockholm’s bid to join NATO, Reuters reported on […]

  • Erdogan will only support a Nordic country’s NATO bid

    Erdogan will only support a Nordic country’s NATO bid

    Finland and Sweden can join the bloc separately, the Turkish leader said, but Ankara is only ready to support Finland’s request Turkey is now ready to give the green light to Finland’s entry into NATO but is not prepared to do the same for Sweden, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, hinting that […]

  • Erdogan will only support a Nordic country’s NATO bid

    Erdogan will only support a Nordic country’s NATO bid

    Finland and Sweden can join the bloc separately, the Turkish leader said, but Ankara is only ready to support Finland’s request Turkey is now ready to give the green light to Finland’s entry into NATO but is not prepared to do the same for Sweden, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, hinting that […]

  • Erdogan weighs in on the Nordic countries’ NATO bid

    Finland and Sweden can get the bloc separately, the Turkish leader said, but Ankara is only ready to support Finland’s request Turkey is now ready to give the green light to Finland’s entry into NATO but is not prepared to do the same for Sweden, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, hinting that […]

  • Erdogan weighs in on the Nordic countries’ NATO bid

    Erdogan weighs in on the Nordic countries’ NATO bid

    Finland and Sweden can join the bloc separately, the Turkish leader said, as Ankara is now ready to support only Finland’s request Turkey is now ready to give the green light to Finland’s entry into NATO but is not prepared to do the same for Sweden, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, hinting […]

  • Turkey signals a possible rapprochement with Syria

    Turkey signals a possible rapprochement with Syria

    Washington – Recently, there have been signs of reconciliation between Turkey and Syria, which have been at loggerheads for more than a decade as Ankara backed Syrian rebel forces fighting Damascus. The pro-government daily Hurriyet reported on September 16 that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had expressed a desire to meet his Syrian counterpart, Bashar […]

  • Sweden reveals complication in NATO talks

    Sweden reveals complication in NATO talks

    Turkey has repeatedly raised the issue of pictures of Swedish parliamentarians waving PKK flags, Stockholm’s foreign minister said Talks with Turkey about Sweden’s accession to NATO have become more difficult, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde said on Saturday. That’s because images emerged in July showing several left-wing Swedish parliamentarians posing with flags from a Kurdish […]

  • France ratifies Sweden, Finland’s NATO bid

    PARIS, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) — The French parliament has ratified Sweden and Finland’s accession protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), National Assembly President Yael Braun-Pivet wrote in an official document published Wednesday. After a debate, both bills ratifying the protocols were passed with 209 deputies in favor and 46 against on Tuesday, the […]

  • The US ratified Finland’s and Sweden’s membership in NATO

    The US Senate approved a resolution ratifying the protocols for the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO after the historic decision of these two countries to renounce their neutrality due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, “AFP” reported. The upper house of the US Congress overwhelmingly approved the resolution in a vote of senators […]

  • Live: The French parliament supports Sweden’s and Finland’s accession to NATO

    Live: The French parliament supports Sweden’s and Finland’s accession to NATO

    France’s National Assembly voted to ratify Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO on Tuesday after the two countries’ historic decision to give up their neutrality amid the war in Ukraine. All 30 NATO member states need to formally ratify the measure before Sweden and Finland can enjoy the full protection of Article 5 of the […]

  • Live: Inspection of the first grain shipment from Ukraine completed in Turkey

    Live: Inspection of the first grain shipment from Ukraine completed in Turkey

    A Russian and Ukrainian team carried out an inspection in Istanbul on Wednesday of a cargo ship carrying the first shipment of grain from Ukraine since the Kremlin’s invasion, Turkish officials said. Follow FRANCE 24’s live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2). 12:15 p.m.: Russia’s Putin told ex-German chancellor Schroeder […]

  • Live: First Ukrainian grain shipment passes inspection in Turkey

    Live: First Ukrainian grain shipment passes inspection in Turkey

    A Russian and Ukrainian team carried out an inspection in Istanbul on Wednesday of a cargo ship carrying the first shipment of grain from Ukraine since the Kremlin’s invasion, Turkish officials said. Follow FRANCE 24’s live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2). 18:52: UN launches fact-finding mission in Ukraine’s prison […]

  • Live: First Ukrainian grain shipment heading to Lebanon

    Live: First Ukrainian grain shipment heading to Lebanon

    A cargo ship carrying the first shipment of grain from Ukraine since the Kremlin’s invasion is on its way to its final destination in Tripoli, Lebanon, after a Russian and Ukrainian team completed an inspection of the vessel in Istanbul on Wednesday. Follow FRANCE 24’s live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris […]

  • Turkey demands NATO hopefuls deliver terrorist commitments

    Turkey demands NATO hopefuls deliver terrorist commitments

    Sweden has still not handed over the people Ankara is looking for, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said. Sweden still has not extradited people accused of terrorism-related crimes by Turkey despite promising to do so last month in a deal that prompted Ankara to lift its veto of Stockholm’s NATO application, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu […]

  • Turkey demands NATO hopefuls fulfill terrorist commitments

    Turkey demands NATO hopefuls fulfill terrorist commitments

    Sweden has still not handed over the people Ankara is looking for, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said. Sweden still has not extradited people accused of terrorism-related crimes by Turkey despite promising to do so last month in a deal that prompted Ankara to lift its veto of Stockholm’s NATO application, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu […]

  • Turkey gives NATO a hopeful warning

    Turkey gives NATO a hopeful warning

    Anakara tells Sweden it expects it to honor an agreement believed to have been reached in June Sweden still has not extradited people accused of terrorism-related crimes by Turkey despite promising to do so last month in a deal that prompted Ankara to lift its veto of Stockholm’s NATO application, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said […]

  • Xinhua World News Roundup at 0100 GMT, July 24

    TRIPOLI – The death toll from clashes between two rival armed groups in the Libyan capital Tripoli has risen to 16 and injuries to 52, the Libyan health ministry said on Saturday. “All wounded are receiving medical care in public and private hospitals in Tripoli,” the ministry said on its Facebook page. (Libya-Clash-Death toll) – […]

  • Turkey may still freeze NATO’s Erdogan expansion

    Turkey may still freeze NATO’s Erdogan expansion

    Finland and Sweden must meet Ankara’s conditions before becoming members, President Erdogan warned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Sweden and Finland on Monday that Ankara could still “freeze” its NATO membership, they fall from last month’s agreement, in which the two Nordic countries promised to take specific measures to overcome Turkey’s objections. “I want […]

  • Turkey can still “freeze” NATO’s expansion – Erdogan

    Turkey can still “freeze” NATO’s expansion – Erdogan

    Finland and Sweden must meet Ankara’s conditions before becoming members, President Erdogan warned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Sweden and Finland on Monday that Ankara could still come “freeze” their NATO membership on Helsinki and Stockholm does not meet last month’s agreement. The two Scandinavian countries had promised to take specific measures to overcome […]

  • Turkey renews extradition requests with Sweden and Finland after the NATO membership agreement

    Turkey renews extradition requests with Sweden and Finland after the NATO membership agreement

    Bozdag said the countries had previously failed to respond to any of Turkey’s extradition requests for “terrorist suspects,” even though they were in line with both international and bilateral agreements. “A monitoring committee was established within the framework of the agreement signed between Turkey, Sweden and Finland at the last NATO summit,” he said. Their […]

  • Russia Info Ops Home In on perceived weak links

    Russia Info Ops Home In on perceived weak links

    WASHINGTON – Russian-influenced traders appear to have diminished their focus as they continue their attempts to sow discord and undermine Western efforts to support Ukraine, according to new research from cybersecurity company Recorded Future. Although traces of Russian influence operations can be found targeting many of the countries that have supported Ukraine with arms, financial […]

  • Turkey is renewing extradition requests with Sweden and Finland under the NATO membership agreement

    Turkey is renewing extradition requests with Sweden and Finland under the NATO membership agreement

    Ankara [Turkey]July 7 (ANI / Xinhua): On Wednesday, Turkey renewed its extradition requests for “terror suspects” with Finland and Sweden, following an agreement with the Nordic countries on their NATO application. “Today, we have renewed some requests that were previously rejected and reminded them of some requests that were not answered,” Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag […]

  • Swedish top diplomat criticizes the left for supporting terrorists

    Swedish top diplomat criticizes the left for supporting terrorists

    Turkey has previously accused Sweden of supporting and arming Kurdish organizations that it considers terrorists Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde on Tuesday condemned members of the country’s Left Party for posing with the flags of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its Syrian offshoots, YPG and YPJ, during a political event. Turkey recently lifted its […]

  • Swedish top diplomat criticizes the left for supporting “terrorists”

    Swedish top diplomat criticizes the left for supporting “terrorists”

    Turkey has previously accused Sweden of supporting and arming Kurdish organizations that it considers terrorists Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde on Tuesday condemned members of the country’s Left Party for posing with the flags of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its Syrian offshoots, YPG and YPJ, during a political event. Turkey recently withdrew its […]

  • Turkey reminds Sweden, Finland

    Ankara has sent an official letter to Stockholm and Helsinki urging the two Nordic countries to extradite? Terrorists? Turkey has sent a reminder to Sweden and Finland of its request for the extradition of the people whom Ankara considers to be “terrorists”. At the end of June, Turkey joined the countries that joined NATO, after […]

  • Turkey gives Sweden and Finland “reminder”

    Turkey gives Sweden and Finland “reminder”

    Ankara has sent an official letter to Stockholm and Helsinki urging the two Nordic countries to extradite “terrorists” Turkey has sent a reminder to Sweden and Finland of its request for the extradition of the persons whom Ankara considers “terrorists.“At the end of June, Turkey joined the countries that joined NATO, after blocking their tenders […]

  • Even if Sweden and Finland “capitulated” to Erdogan, he could still block their NATO bid

    Even if Sweden and Finland “capitulated” to Erdogan, he could still block their NATO bid

    By John SolomouNicosia [Cyprus] July 4 (ANI): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s blackmail that blocked Sweden’s and Finland’s attempts to join NATO proved successful as the two Nordic countries on June 28 gave in to Turkey’s demands and promised to address their security concerns. Kurdish groups and avoid arms embargoes. In return, Ankara unblocked the […]

  • Iran’s top diplomat in Syria criticizes Israel, Turkish threats

    Iran’s top diplomat in Syria criticizes Israel, Turkish threats

    DAMASCUS, Syria – Iran’s top diplomat on Saturday condemned Israel’s latest air strike on Syria and criticized recent threats from Turkey over another planned invasion of Ankara in northern Syria. Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian’s statements came at the beginning of his visit to Syria, where he was expected to discuss mutual relations and regional affairs […]

  • Iran’s top diplomat in Syria, strikes against Israel and threatens Turkey

    Iran’s top diplomat in Syria, strikes against Israel and threatens Turkey

    DAMASCUS, Syria – Iran’s top diplomat on Saturday condemned Israel’s latest air strike on Syria and criticized recent threats from Turkey over another planned invasion of Ankara in northern Syria. Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian’s statements came at the beginning of his visit to Syria, where he was expected to discuss mutual relations and regional affairs […]

  • Finland reveals what helped break the deadlock with Turkey

    Finland reveals what helped break the deadlock with Turkey

    A coffee break served as a turning point in the difficult negotiations, says the Foreign Minister The agreement with Turkey, which paved the way for Finland and Sweden to join NATO, was struck in part thanks to a coffee break, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto has revealed. Tense negotiations had been going on for weeks […]

  • NATO applicants respond to Turkey for extradition

    NATO applicants respond to Turkey for extradition

    Extradition process for foreign “terrorism” suspects can only take place according to local laws, Finland and Sweden insist There will be no fast-track extraditions “terrorism” suspects to Turkey, Finland and Sweden have signaled after the two Nordic countries reached an agreement with Ankara to resolve their stalemate in NATO’s tender. This week, Turkey and the […]

  • Turkey issues new NATO warning to Sweden and Finland

    Turkey issues new NATO warning to Sweden and Finland

    Ankara made a new threat to block Finland’s and Sweden’s bids Turkey will not ratify NATO’s offers from Sweden and Finland until the Nordic states fulfill the promises they have made to Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared on Thursday. If Helsinki and Stockholm do not keep their promises, the applications will not be […]

  • Sweden and Finland must fulfill their promises to join NATO – Ankara

    Sweden and Finland must fulfill their promises to join NATO – Ankara

    The President of Turkey made a new threat to block Finland’s and Sweden’s tenders The two Nordic countries must first keep the promises made to Turkey in an agreement reached to lift their veto on their NATO bid, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday. Should Finland and Sweden fail to keep their promises, […]

  • Biden Thank you Erdogan for vetoing Sweden, Finland’s NATO command

    Biden Thank you Erdogan for vetoing Sweden, Finland’s NATO command

    Madrid – US President Joe Biden on Wednesday thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for releasing his objections to Sweden’s and Finland’s offer to join NATO, which led to the military alliance expanding even closer to Russia. “I would especially like to thank you for what you did to compile the situation with regard to […]

  • Turkey demands the extradition of 33 terrorist suspects from Sweden and Finland

    Turkey demands the extradition of 33 terrorist suspects from Sweden and Finland

    Turkey is seeking the extradition of 33 terrorist suspects from Finland and Sweden, Turkish Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdag told Russian NTV. The request is part of a tripartite memorandum signed between Turkey, Sweden and Finland on Tuesday night, which led Turkey to accept the Nordic NATO applications. According to the news agency AFP, the […]

  • The expert was surprised by the sudden breakthrough in negotiations between Finland, Sweden and Turkey

    The expert was surprised by the sudden breakthrough in negotiations between Finland, Sweden and Turkey

    Alaranta estimates that expectations were not particularly high despite the cautious optimism shown by the President of the Republic on Monday Sauli Niinistö and the Prime Minister of Sweden Magdalena Andersson. “After the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan left Ankara last night, the statements were quite harsh, “he recalled in a special broadcast on […]

  • Researcher: Turkey’s change of mind about Finland’s, Sweden’s NATO applications surprising

    Researcher: Turkey’s change of mind about Finland’s, Sweden’s NATO applications surprising

    Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Foreign Policy (FIIA), Toni Alarantatold Yle on Tuesday that he was surprised at how quickly Finland, Sweden and Turkey reached an agreement on NATO applications from the two Nordic countries. The officials were signed by the foreign ministers of Turkey, Sweden and Finland "memorandum of understanding" The NATO […]

  • Finland, Sweden on the way to NATO membership when Turkey vetoes

    Finland, Sweden on the way to NATO membership when Turkey vetoes

    MADRID / HELSINKI – NATO ally Turkey lifted its veto on Finland and Sweden’s attempt to join the Western Alliance on Tuesday after the three nations agreed to protect each other’s security, ending a week-long drama that tested Allied unity against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The breakthrough came after four hours of talks just before […]

  • Finland and Sweden agree with NATO on NATO

    Finland and Sweden agree with NATO on NATO

    NATO released memorandum late Tuesday. According to the document, Finland and Sweden confirmed the terrorist status of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and undertook to prevent the activities of all terrorist organizations, their extensions, stakeholders and inspired groups, and to investigate and prevent all funding and recruitment of such organizations. The Nordic countries also promised […]

  • Erdogan does not signal any progress in Sweden’s NATO bid

    Erdogan does not signal any progress in Sweden’s NATO bid

    TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signaled on Saturday that no progress had been made in Sweden’s attempts to join NATO, and called on Stockholm to take “concrete measures” to address Ankara’s concerns, his office said. – Other media news – In a telephone conversation with Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, Erdogan reiterated […]

  • Sweden should address fundamental issues in order to join NATO – Turkey

    Sweden should address fundamental issues in order to join NATO – Turkey

    Stockholm has so far not taken any “significant” measures to resolve its concerns, Ankara claims The Swedish government should address issues of “fundamental importance” for Turkey to reach an agreement on its NATO membership, Ankara said on Saturday. The news follows a telephone conversation between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena […]

  • Sweden should address fundamental issues in order to join NATO – a key member

    Sweden should address fundamental issues in order to join NATO – a key member

    Stockholm has so far not taken any “tangible” measures to address Ankara’s concerns, says Turkey The Swedish government should address issues of “fundamental importance” for Turkey to reach an agreement on its NATO membership, Ankara said on Saturday. The news follows a telephone conversation between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena […]

  • Sweden should address fundamental issues in order to join NATO’s key member

    Sweden should address fundamental issues in order to join NATO’s key member

    Stockholm has so far not taken any? Tangible? measures to address Ankara’s concerns, says Turkey The Swedish government should address issues of “fundamental importance” for Turkey to reach an agreement on its NATO membership, Ankara said on Saturday. The news follows a telephone conversation between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena […]

  • Turkey’s concerns did not ease Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO bid: Erdogan

    Turkey’s concerns did not ease Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO bid: Erdogan

    Istanbul [Turkey]June 25 (ANI / 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. Erdogan told NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in a telephone conversation that Finland and Sweden had to take sincere and clear steps to house […]

  • Sweden should address fundamental issues in order to join NATO Turkey

    Sweden should address fundamental issues in order to join NATO Turkey

    Stockholm has so far not taken any? Tangible? measures to solve their problems, Ankara claims The Swedish government should address issues of “fundamental importance” for Turkey to reach an agreement on its NATO membership, Ankara said on Saturday. The news follows a telephone conversation between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena […]

  • NATO chief can not guarantee membership for Finland and Sweden

    Getting the two Nordic nations into the military alliance is still the goal, says Jens Stoltenberg NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said it is uncertain whether the military alliance will be able to overcome Turkey’s opposition to membership for Finland and Sweden. The two Nordic countries applied to join the US-led bloc in May, […]