Turkey has told allies it is ‘no’ to Sweden and Finland’s NATO bid, says Erdogan IG News

Turkey has told allies it is ‘no’ to Sweden and Finland’s NATO bid, says Erdogan

Turkey has told allies it is ‘no’ to Sweden and Finland’s NATO bid, says Erdogan

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey has told allies that it will reject Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said in a video posted to his Twitter account on Thursday.

Finland and Sweden on Wednesday formally applied to join the US-led NATO, a decision inspired by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Turkey’s objection has surprised other members of the coalition.

“We will continue our policy in the prescribed manner. We have told allies that we will say no to Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership,” Erdogan said in an interview with the students. Late Wednesday.

The Turkish president said that Sweden and Finland harbor and supply weapons to “terrorists”, reiterating Ankara’s charge that the country supports groups it considers terrorists, namely the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). ) terrorist group and the Syrian Kurdish YPG, which it also considers as a terrorist group closely linked to the PKK.

Erdogan also said, “NATO is a security alliance and we cannot engage terrorists in it.”

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