Turkey to block Sweden, Finland NATO bids over ‘home to terrorists’ claims

Audrey J. Powers

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NATO’s expansion amid the most sizeable threat to Europe given that Earth War II seems not likely as Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday reiterated his opposition to NATO membership for Sweden and Finland. 

Erdogan had recommended in new days that he could induce difficulties for Stockholm and Helsinki as they tried to sign up for the 30-member alliance. 

But the Turkish President’s responses Thursday spelled out a additional definite conclusion to the European nations bolstering their security defenses as a result of NATO.

FILE - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a welcoming ceremony for his Algerian counterpart, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, in Ankara, Turkey, on May 16, 2022. 

FILE – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan comes for a welcoming ceremony for his Algerian counterpart, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, in Ankara, Turkey, on May possibly 16, 2022. 
(AP Image/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

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Talking to a group of young Turks in a movie posted to his Twitter, Erdogan accused Sweden and Finland of currently being a “house to terror[ists]” – a remark that references his displeasure at their refusal to extradite persons Turkey has deemed “terrorists.”

“NATO is a stability group, we are not able to acknowledge the existence of terrorist businesses in it,” Erdogan stated according to a translation by Turkish media. 

The Turkish president accused not only the two European nations, but leading NATO nations like the U.S., of turning a blind eye to “harassment” its claims to have endured from users of the Kurdistan Workers Bash (PKK).

The PKK has been specified a terrorist group by the U.S., the European Union and Turkey. 

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But the group’s relation to affiliate members fighting ISIS in Syria underneath the People’s Protection Forces (YPG) – which is backed by some Western nations – has strained geopolitical ties.

“Pertaining to NATO, Sweden and Finland are all the ones that host our terrorist facilities in their own countries. And they will host the PKK, the YPG,” he extra. 

NATO Secretary-Standard Jens Stoltenberg championed the bids by Sweden and Finland to be a part of the alliance Wednesday and claimed, “All allies concur on the significance of NATO enlargement.”

“We all concur that we ought to stand with each other, and we all agree that this is a historic minute which we ought to seize,” he added. 

But Stockholm and Helsinki will have to have the environmentally friendly light from all 30-member nations, which include Turkey, in purchase to get in with the protection alliance. 

Finland's Ambassador to NATO Klaus Korhonen, left, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Sweden's Ambassador to NATO Axel Wernhoff attend a ceremony to mark Sweden's and Finland's application for membership in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday May 18, 2022. 

Finland’s Ambassador to NATO Klaus Korhonen, left, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Sweden’s Ambassador to NATO Axel Wernhoff show up at a ceremony to mark Sweden’s and Finland’s software for membership in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday May 18, 2022. 
(Johanna Geron/Pool through AP)

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Diplomats from equally nations are expected to travel to Turkey to interact in negotiations. 

Though Erdogan on Tuesday advised them they “should not bother” coming. 

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