The Turkish leader stressed that NATO “will cease to be a security organization.”
Turkey will not support the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO. The visits of the ambassadors of these countries will be useless.
This was stated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a joint press conference after the ceremony of signing agreements with Algerian President Tebbun.
“Turkey cannot say yes to the membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO. It is impossible, let them not be offended,” Erdogan said.
He noted that his country cannot agree to the entry into NATO of states that impose sanctions against Turkey.
“Then NATO will cease to be a security organization. We cannot say yes. We cannot be stung again where we were stung before. I must say something very clearly and sincerely. Both countries do not have a clear relationship with terrorist organizations. Sweden is an incubation center for terrorist organizations, they bring terrorists to their parliaments, give them a platform, send out special invitations and even have terrorists in their parliaments who support the Kurdistan Workers’ Party,” Erdogan said.
He also said that Finland and Sweden will send their delegations to Turkey in order to persuade them to support their entry into NATO.
“They will come to persuade us, sorry, they have nothing to count on,” he said.
Recall that both Finland and Sweden imposed sanctions on the supply of defense products to Turkey after the start of a military operation against the Syrian Democratic Forces (Kurds) in Syria in 2019. It was these sanctions that Erdogan had in mind.
Finland and Sweden’s aspirations for NATO: what you need to know
As UNIAN wrote, on May 15 it became known that Finland and Sweden had officially decided to join NATO .
Russia and Turkey condemned this decision. Thus, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Peskov, said that the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO is of concern to the Kremlin. Also, the Russian Federation openly threatened both countries with a military invasion if they decide to join NATO.
On May 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the country’s response to Sweden and Finland joining NATO would depend on expanding the infrastructure of this military-political bloc.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unexpectedly stated that Turkey cannot support NATO expansion because Finland and Sweden are “home to many terrorist organizations.”
Turkey’s position has already caused bewilderment among NATO partner countries. In particular, the US State Department has already stated that “they are working to clarify Turkey’s position regarding the potential entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO.”