Turkish leader's spokesman Kalin: Ankara has not closed doors for Sweden and Finland in NATO Turkey says members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which Ankara considers a terrorist organization, are recruiting in Europe, including in Sweden
Turkey “didn't close the door” for Sweden and Finland to join NATO, but wants to negotiate with the Nordic countries and stop what Ankara sees as terrorist activities, especially in Stockholm. This was stated by the official representative of the Turkish leader, Ibrahim Kalin, in a conversation with Reuters.
“We don't close the door. But we are raising this issue as a matter of Turkish national security,— he stressed.
Kalın said that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), designated as a terrorist organization in Turkey, “is engaged in fundraising and recruiting in Europe”, especially in Sweden. According to him, the Swedish authorities must end the existence of organizations, individuals and other forms of PKK presence.
«Membership in NATO— it is always a process. Let's see how things go. But this is the first point that we want to draw the attention of all [NATO] allies, as well as the Swedish authorities,»,— he added.
The day before, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he did not consider the possibility of Sweden and Finland joining the alliance as positive. According to him, the Scandinavian countries are “a guest house for terrorist organizations.”
He recalled that members of the PKK live in Sweden and are even represented in parliament.
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Earlier, the President of Croatia, Zoran Milanovic, called the application of Sweden and Finland to join NATO a “dangerous adventure”. According to him, these countries cannot join the alliance until the law on elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina is changed in the interests of the Bosnian Croats.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in turn, considered it a mistake Finland's rejection of the traditional policy of neutrality and the country's entry into NATO, since there are no threats to the security of Helsinki. He warned that this step could have a negative impact on Russian-Finnish relations.
At the same time, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the United States would support Finland and Sweden joining NATO. Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg promised to promptly accept both countries in case of a request from them.
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