Turkish President urges NATO to respect his country’s security interests after Sweden and Finland bid to join the bloc
Turkey has said NATO will respect its security concerns, and has said it will not accept bids from Sweden and Finland to join NATO, as it would make the military alliance less secure because the two countries harbor terrorists.
“We are one of the top countries that actively supports the activities of the (NATO) alliance, but that does not mean that we will agree to every proposal without question.” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the remarks in a speech to parliament on Wednesday. “NATO expansion makes sense to us in proportion to the respect that will be shown to our sensitivities.”
Erdogan added that Turkey expects NATO to respect its national security concerns, especially when it comes to counterterrorism efforts, and “Provide assistance if possible.”
He added that Sweden and Finland should not expect Ankara to accept their membership requests. “Terrorists and their associates” Continue “Walking their streets in public,” And representatives of the two countries should not be bothered to come to Turkey to try and persuade Ankara to support their bid.
“Then you will not give back our terrorists but you want our NATO membership? NATO is an organization for security, an organization for security. So we can’t say ‘yes’ to this security company which is deprived of security. Erdogan said.
Turkey claims that both Sweden and Finland harbor people who appear to be affiliated with terrorist groups such as the Ankara Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP / C), and followers of Fethullah Gulen. The mastermind of the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey.
Both Helsinki and Stockholm have rejected Turkey’s request to extradite 33 people accused of terrorism for years, for which Erdogan has designated countries as “guesthouses” for terrorist groups.
On May 15, the two Nordic countries formally decided to break their neutrality history and seek NATO membership, but Turkey has reduced its efforts because the bloc needs the unanimous consent of all members to accept new countries.
According to an article published by Bloomberg, Turkey has since issued a list of demands, with both Finland and Sweden formally condemning the PKK and DHKP / C, as well as lifting trade sanctions imposed on Turkey.
Turkey has also demanded the re-inclusion of the F-35 in the advanced air program, which has been blocked since the purchase of the S-400 missile defense system from Russia, and seeks approval of dozens of F-16 fighter jet purchase agreements. And upgrade the kit from US.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg “Turkey is a valuable ally,” And Ankara’s opposition has called for resolving the country’s security concerns in the hope that it will not delay the accession of Finland and Sweden.