During the previous months, Turkey had shown signs of its reluctance towards the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO. However, last Tuesday the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan clarify: “There will be no support from Turkey for Sweden to join NATO.” some statements he confirmed this Sunday, but only a few hours later, chis foreign minister protested mevlut cavusoglu,
Cavusoglu told during a press conference that Turkey “is not against the expansion” of the coalition, “nor does it have any problems with Sweden and Finland”. “There is no fundamental objection against the admission of these two countries”, although they have qualified insisted that they must meet the requirements Even though he “understands your security concerns.”
These “concerns” that Cavusoglu mentions have to do with what Erdogan announced this Sunday During an event with youth in the Turkish province of Bilecik. Thus, along with other requirements, Erdogan would have given Sweden a list 120 names Who should be extradited: “You have to extradite these terrorists to join NATO.”
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In this sense, Cavusoglu has clarified that the “concerns” transmitted to Sweden “must be taken into account” and confirmed that the Turkish authorities are studying Possibility to deal with requests independentlyAccording to statements collected by the Haberturk television network.
It should be remembered that Finland and Sweden jointly submitted their application to join the Atlantic Alliance. Turkey and Hungary are the only members of the 30 countries That form is NATO that has not ratified incorporation.
“If this step is taken, we hope that we can consider them freely. I think.” It would be fair to divide these countries into most and least problematic, but our goal isn’t really to separate them. We fall short of an objective analysis of how these requirements are met,” the foreign minister said.
Erdogan, for his part, has been less kind to Sweden by assuring that “rIf necessary, we will respond differently to Finland. Sweden will be shocked When we answer other than Finland. Finland should not make such a mistake.”
The rejection went from Turkey to Sweden, it was complete and apparently hidden as a result of some events 21 January, During the anti-Turkish protests, the Swedish-Danish far-right Rasmus Paludan burns a copy of the Quran in front of the Turkish embassy and guarded by Swedish police, an act that Erdogan defined as “a betrayalAn obscenity, a scoundrel and a disgrace”.
Erdogan said at the time, “Those who have made such slander in front of our embassy cannot expect any mercy from us in their request to join NATO.”
“The Swedish government doesn’t need to talk about rights and freedoms. If you care so much, You must first respect the Turkish Republic and the faith of Muslims, If you don’t show respect, you won’t get any support from us on the NATO issue,” the Turkish president continued.
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Furthermore, tensions rose during the week as Swedish society responded to its rejection of Erdogan with new protests. However, Turkey’s position remained unmoved: there would be no incorporation if an agreement was reached. NATO meeting in Madrid in June 2022 About stopping political actions contrary to the Muslim faith.
Thus, Turkey’s foreign minister’s statement this Monday marks the first time that the country’s authorities have considered the option turkey gives his hand to turn And finally enter Sweden along with Finland.
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