Ankara is concerned that Sweden, which has announced its intention to join NATO, supports the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and FETÖ, which is banned in Turkey, the Gülen Movement, recognized as terrorist in the republic. Turkish newspaper writes on Sunday, May 15 Huriyyet.
The Turkish authorities also cause “serious discomfort” when Stockholm provides asylum to members of both organizations on the basis of “human rights and democracy”, reports RIA News. The newspaper claims that Ankara’s position regarding the entry of the two Scandinavian countries into NATO “caused confusion” among other countries that are members of the Alliance.
At the same time, as the publication points out, citing its own sources, Western countries hope that Ankara will not interfere in the process of accepting Finland and Sweden into NATO at its final stage. It is noted that Turkey previously supported the “open door” policy of the North Atlantic Alliance in Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
Turkish citizens call on the country’s leadership block the accession process of Finland and Sweden to the North Atlantic Alliance, the minister of foreign affairs of the republic said. The statement on this topic was made on the eve of an informal meeting of foreign ministers of NATO member countries in Berlin. The minister called outrageous and unacceptable the fact that Turkey’s allies support the PKK.
Ankara insists that other NATO countries took into account the concerns of the Turkish side in the field of national security, said earlier the official representative of the President of Turkey. “We do not close the doors (for the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO – “Profile”)”, – he said.