Turkey will not agree with Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO without getting “concrete action” from them on its security concerns, a senior Turkish presidency official warned on Wednesday, according to France Presse.
Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman for the Turkish presidency and a close associate of President Cold Tayyip Erdogan, received diplomatic delegations from the two countries sent to Turkey to try to persuade Ankara, which opposes their accession to the North Atlantic Alliance.
“We have made it clear to our interlocutors that the process (their accession to NATO) cannot move forward as long as Turkey’s security concerns are not met, with concrete measures and a set timetable,” he said at the end. five hours of discussions, according to agerpres.ro.
“Our interlocutors have taken note and will inform their governments. We will continue the talks when we receive their answers to our requests, “Kalin said.
Turkey conditions Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO on their attitude towards so-called Kurdish terrorist organizations on their territory
Turkey accuses the Nordic countries, especially Sweden – which has a large community of Turkish exiles on its territory – of harboring Kurdish militants in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), considered by Ankara a terrorist organization.
Ankara also denounces the presence of supporters of preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom he suspects of orchestrating the July 2016 coup attempt.
Turkey is now urging the two countries to “take concrete steps” on the “organizational, financial and media presence of terrorist organizations,” Kalin added.
The spokeswoman also reiterated Ankara’s demands for the extradition of people linked to the PKK and the Gulen movement.
Kalin said he was “optimistic” about lifting Stockholm’s restrictions on arms exports to Ankara, which were adopted in October 2019 following a Turkish military operation in Syria.
“We have seen a positive attitude on this issue,” he said, adding that “it is not appropriate to impose sanctions on allies.”
“It simply came to our notice then. It is unacceptable for us to see certain procedures ignored and to speed things up, “said the Turkish presidency spokesman.
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