Turkey is once again creating problems for Sweden and Finland to join NATO

Turkey is once again creating problems for Sweden and Finland to join NATO
Turkey is once again creating problems for Sweden and Finland to join NATO

An EUObserver publication refers to Turkey’s stance and the obstacles it is creating again to the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO. According to EUObserver, Western diplomats and analysts are beginning to wonder what Ankara is ultimately after.

“For its part, the Swedish government takes the implementation of the Memorandum seriously,” as the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs told EUobserver, referring to the June agreement with Turkey, in which the country pledged to “hunt down” Kurdish terrorists in in exchange for Turkey’s positive attitude to the possibility of joining NATO. In fact, according to the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there will be further tripartite meetings in the near future.


However, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu once again poses problems and obstacles by warning that the Parliament of Turkey will not approve the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, because – as he claims – “so far no concrete measures have been taken” neither from Stockholm nor from Helsinki in relation to the agreement with Turkey.

The happy selfie of the Swedish ambassador in Parliament: Sweden’s accession to NATO was ratified

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Turkey’s stance has alarmed international analysts, as Finland and Sweden wish to join NATO to protect themselves from Russian aggression amid war on the European continent.

The contradiction and attitude of Turkey becomes even more noticeable as already 24 of the 30 NATO members have ratified the accession process in their own parliaments.


Handelsblatt: Turkey threatens to cause trouble

On the same issue, Handelsblatt emphasizes that “Turkey threatens to create a problem while Greece agrees to the accession. The Greek parliament approved the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO by a large majority on Thursday.

In fact, the German Handelsblatt points out that Turkey has again asked Sweden and Finland to extradite “terrorist suspects”. “So far, Finland and Sweden have not extradited a single person,” Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Thursday. Finland and Sweden should keep their “promise” in Ankara. According to Turkey, Sweden has promised to extradite more than 70 “terrorists”, but this has not been officially recorded in the relevant memorandum signed recently.

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