Turkish Foreign Minister Says Turkish People Are Against Sweden’s NATO Membership
Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu: the Turkish people are against the membership of Sweden and Finland in NATO The Foreign Ministers of Turkey, Finland and Sweden will hold talks in Berlin on the entry of the two Scandinavian countries into NATO. Ankara considers the support of the Kurdistan Workers' Party by the Nordic countries as an obstacle to this
The Turkish people asked the country's leadership to block the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO. This was announced by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, reports Reuters.
“The vast majority of the Turkish people oppose the membership of these countries <…> and asks us to block their entry [to NATO],” — he told reporters during a visit to Berlin.
According to the agency, the foreign ministers of Finland, Sweden and Turkey will hold talks in Berlin on May 14 to “resolve differences.” on the entry of the two countries into NATO.
Earlier on May 14, a spokesman for the Turkish leader, Ibrahim Kalin, said that Turkey wants to negotiate with the Nordic countries and stop what Ankara considers terrorist activities. According to him, this is a matter of Turkish national security.
He 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 should do away with various forms of PKK presence.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on May 13 that he did not consider the possibility of Sweden and Finland joining the bloc as a positive, since the Scandinavian countries, according to him, are “a guest house for terrorist organizations. He recalled that PKK members live in Sweden and are represented in Parliament.
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin on May 12 announced the need to immediately apply to NATO. Sweden could also apply as early as May 16, Expressen wrote.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said it was a mistake for Finland to abandon its traditional policy of neutrality and join NATO, warning that this step could negatively affect Russian-Finnish relations . He also held a meeting of the Security Council, where the possible risks in connection with the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO were discussed. dangerous adventure. They cannot join the alliance until the election law in Bosnia and Herzegovina is changed in the interests of the Bosnian Croats, the Croatian president emphasized.
At the same time, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the United States will support the entry of Finland and Sweden to the North Atlantic Alliance.
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