Nordic countries must condemn “terrorist organizations” and extradite their members to Turkey
Following the blocking of NATO and Sweden talks on joining NATO, Turkish media reported on Thursday that Ankara had drawn up a list of demands for the two Nordic countries, including a requirement that both countries suspend their support for groups that Turkey views as terrorists.
The terms are apparently set out in a ‘Scandinavian dossier’, which will be discussed with Swedish and Finnish diplomats. They are expected to arrive in Ankara on May 23 for talks with Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal.
“They have to consider our demands. Maybe in the process they will have to come to Turkey several times. This information was given by Turkey quoting Turkish diplomatic sources.
In the document, Turkey made five key demands – extradition “Terrorist” Recognition of the Syrian National Self-Defense Forces (SNS) as a terrorist organization, affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Fethullahist Organization (FETO), an end to support for FETO representatives Shutting down all organizations related to the attached structure. Ankara further claims that the two countries give written guarantees of these commitments, and not just promises.
Diplomatic sources allege that Ankara will not accept any concessions on these five points, and that if these demands are met, it could reconsider its position on Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership bids.
Turkey claims that both Sweden and Finland harbor members of the terrorist group, and that both Helsinki and Stockholm have rejected Turkey’s request to extradite 33 people accused of terrorism for years, for which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has . “For the terrorist group.
The two Nordic countries decided this week to break their neutrality history and on Wednesday formally submitted their bids to join the US-led NATO military alliance. However, representatives of members of the military bloc gathered for talks, just hours after the two countries received a formal request, and Turkey closed the vote at the start of the talks.
Under NATO rules, new members of the bloc can only be accepted if there is a consensus among the existing members. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has previously said that the first round of talks on the two countries’ application could be completed in just a week or two; Turkey’s opponents, however, have expressed doubts about the deadline.
Erdogan said his country’s national security concerns must be respected, he added “NATO expansion makes sense to us in proportion to the respect that will be shown to our sensitivities.”
In addition to demanding that both Finland and Sweden officially condemn organizations that consider Turkey a terrorist state, Ankara also wants the two countries to lift trade sanctions imposed on Turkey.
Turkey has demanded the re-inclusion of the F-35 in the advanced aviation program, which has been blocked since the purchase of the S-400 missile defense system from Russia, and seeks approval of agreements to buy dozens of F-16 fighter jets. Jet and upgrade kits from USA.