Turkey still does not support the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO. This was announced on June 8 by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a press conference.
“Swedish television aired interviews with leaders of terrorist groups. After this, we cannot say: “welcome to NATO.” The same applies to Finland,” the Turkish president said.
In addition, Erdogan said that Ankara does not believe that nine US military bases are deployed in Greece to counter Russia specifically.
“Nine US military bases have been set up in Greece so far. Who are they deployed against? They say they are against Russia. But we won’t buy it,” he said.
Earlier in the day, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried said Washington was confident that Sweden and Finland would be able to address Turkey’s concerns about joining the North Atlantic Alliance, Gazeta.Ru writes.
It was also reported that Turkey put forward 10 conditions for lifting the veto on NATO membership of Sweden and Finland. Thus, one of the points was a proposal to support Turkey in its fight against terrorist organizations, including the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, the organizations of the Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen FETO, DHKP / C, DAESH and their branches.
Applications for joining the North Atlantic Alliance by Finland and Sweden were submitted on 18 May. At the same time, Turkey blocked the start of negotiations on the entry of countries into the organization.
However, later, on May 23, it became known that Ankara was ready to facilitate the entry of the Scandinavian countries into the alliance if it was possible to resolve the contradictions on the support of these countries for the Kurds, whom Turkey considers involved in terrorist activities.
The Russian Foreign Ministry reacted critically to the statement by the authorities of the Scandinavian countries about plans to join the alliance, noting that in this way the security of these countries would not be ensured.