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Turkey opposes NATO membership for Finland, Sweden

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“We do not have a positive opinion. Scandinavian countries are like a guesthouse for terror organisations,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan instructed journalists after Friday prayers in Istanbul

“We do not have a positive opinion. Scandinavian countries are like a guesthouse for terror organisations,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan instructed journalists after Friday prayers in Istanbul

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on May 13 stated Turkey didn’t have a “positive opinion” on Finland and Sweden becoming a member of NATO and accused Scandinavian international locations of harbouring outlawed Kurdish militants.

“We do not have a positive opinion. Scandinavian countries are like a guesthouse for terror organisations,” Mr. Erdogan instructed journalists after Friday prayers in Istanbul.

Mr. Erdogan stated Turkey’s former rulers “made a mistake” by giving a greenlight for Greece’s NATO membership in 1952. “We, as Turkey, do not want to make a second mistake on this issue,” he stated.

The Turkish chief accused Scandinavian international locations of sheltering members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the far-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).

After its highly effective jap neighbour invaded Ukraine on February 24, Finland’s political and public opinion swung dramatically in favour of membership as a deterrent towards Russian aggression. Finland and Sweden have lengthy cooperated with NATO and are anticipated to have the ability to be a part of the alliance rapidly.

NATO member Turkey has provided Ukraine with fight drones, however has shied away from slapping sanctions on Russia alongside Western allies. But since Ankara enjoys good relations with Kyiv and Moscow, it has been mediating for an finish to the battle and provided to host a leaders’ summit.

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