Turkey called on Finland and Sweden to give guarantees before joining NATO

According to the head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Ankara will host the delegations of Sweden and Finland, where they will demand written guarantees from them not to support “terrorists from the Kurdistan Workers' Party” and the lifting of defense sanctions

Mevlut Cavusoglu

Turkey needs to obtain written guarantees from Finland and Sweden not to support terrorists before agreeing to their entry into NATO. This was stated by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Hurriyet reports.

“Sweden and Finland must stop supporting terrorists, we want a written agreement on specific steps from them. Sweden and Finland sent delegations to us, and our President [Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan] accepted this proposal, — he said.

Cavusoglu stressed that the delegations will hold talks in Ankara, and the Turkish side will present demands on the “terrorists from the Kurdistan Workers' Party”; (PKK) and the lifting of defense sanctions. The Minister also did not rule out that after the trilateral meeting, a quadripartite meeting could be held with the participation of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

In mid-May, Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO. However, President Erdogan refused to support the decision of the countries, since they did not want to extradite the terrorists and imposed anti-Turkish sanctions.

According to the Turkish edition of Sabah, the republic suggested that Finland and Sweden avoid contact with PKK leaders, refuse to admit PKK members to the parliaments of both countries, speed up the procedure for their extradition to Turkey as a condition for supporting the application.

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A day later, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto expressed Helsinki's readiness to guarantee Ankara that links with the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the country would be more carefully monitored. At the same time, he stressed that the Finnish side cannot extradite members of the PKK or people associated with this organization to Turkey without justice.

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