Turkey threatens to block Sweden and Finland from entering NATO

President Erdogan repeated his warning to prevent Sweden and Finland from joining NATO if the two Nordic countries do not keep their commitments.

“Until they fulfill their promises, we will remain in our position,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told parliament on October 1, reiterating the agreement with Sweden and Finland.

He has repeatedly threatened to prevent the two Nordic countries from joining NATO if they do not cooperate with Turkey on the Kurdish issue. In the agreement in June, the two Nordic countries agreed to cooperate on extradition and share “counter-terrorism” information with Turkey, in return Ankara would approve a proposal to invite the two countries to join NATO.

President Erdogan and the leadership in Ankara have repeatedly accused Sweden and Finland of being a refuge for extremists in exile and supporting the Kurdish separatist movement in Turkey.

“The government is closely watching to see if Sweden and Finland keep their word. The final decision will be made by parliament,” he said.





Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at the final day of the NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, Russia on June 30.  Photo: Reuters.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at the NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, Russia on June 30. Image: Reuters.

The two Nordic countries abandoned their tradition of military neutrality after Russia launched a military campaign in Ukraine. The two governments officially applied to join NATO in May, with the expectation that it will be quickly approved by the Western military bloc.

28/30 NATO member countries have agreed to let the two Nordic countries join. However, Turkey and Hungary still delayed the approval.

Sweden on September 29 granted permission to resume arms exports to Turkey, in an attempt to win over a potential military ally. In addition to the condition of cooperation on extradition and sharing of “anti-terrorist” information, Ankara also asked the Nordic countries to end many sanctions that came into effect from 2019 related to Turkey’s military campaign in the country. northeastern Syria.





Seven decades of NATO advance in Europe.  Graphics: Statista.

Seven decades of NATO advance in Europe. Graphics: Statesman.

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