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“Let them not be offended.” Erdogan says Turkey will not agree to Finland and Sweden joining NATO – Vlast – Saint-Petersburg News

Turkey cannot support the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO. This was announced on May 16 at a briefing by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“We cannot say “yes” (to the accession of Finland and Sweden, – Approx. ed.). Then NATO will not be a security organization, but will become a place where there will be many representatives of terrorists. We cannot say yes, let them not be offended, ”he said (quoted from RIA News).

Also Erdogan addedthat Turkey cannot advocate the accession to NATO of those countries that have imposed sanctions against it. The President stressed that the delegations from Finland and Sweden “should not bother” with a trip to Turkey to convince Ankara to change its position.

Speaking of supporting terrorists, Erdogan is referring to members of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party in his country, who, according to him, find refuge in the Scandinavian countries. This problem is already voiced the Turkish leader earlier when he commented on the process of possible admission to the North Atlantic Alliance of Sweden and Finland.

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