News ID: 321583
Published: 0353 GMT May 13, 2022

Turkey opposes NATO membership for Finland, Sweden

Turkey opposes NATO membership for Finland, Sweden
REUTERS
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said his country did not have a “positive opinion” on Finland and Sweden joining NATO and accused Scandinavian countries of harbouring outlawed Kurdish militants.

“We do not have a positive opinion. Scandinavian countries are like a guesthouse for terror organisations,” Erdogan told journalists after Friday prayers in Istanbul, AFP reported.

Erdogan said Turkey’s former rulers “made a mistake” by giving the green light for Greece’s NATO membership in 1952.

“We, as Turkey, do not want to make a second mistake on this issue,” he said.

The Turkish president accused Scandinavian countries of sheltering members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the far-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).

After Russia started the “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24, Finland’s political and public opinion swung dramatically in favour of NATO membership as a deterrent against any aggression.

Finland and Sweden have long cooperated with NATO, and are expected to be able to join the alliance quickly.

 

   
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