Turkey Came Between Finland And Sweden’s Entry Into NATO President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Said This

NATO Membership: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear...

NATO Membership: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made it clear in a video released on Thursday that his country would oppose Sweden and Finland joining NATO. “We have told our respective friends that we will say ‘no’ to Finland and Sweden entering NATO, and we will continue on our way,” Erdoan said. He said this in a video message on Youth and Sports Day, which is celebrated in the memory of Ataturk.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that Finland and Sweden have officially applied to join NATO. The two countries have taken this step to join the largest military alliance amid heightened concerns over Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

Turkey’s approval for Finland and Sweden’s application to join the Western Military Alliance is important because NATO makes decisions by consensus. Each of its 30 member states has veto power in the matter of membership.

That’s why Turkey is protesting
Significantly, Erdoan has been opposed to Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership. According to Erdoan, these Nordic countries support Kurdish fighters, whom Turkey considers terrorists. Turkey also accused Sweden and Finland of harboring followers of Fatullah Gulen, an American Muslim cleric whom the Turkish government blames for a 2016 military coup attempt.

Erdogan’s full speech not released
A full recording of Erdoan’s conversation with youth is expected to be released Thursday night for the national holiday marking the start of Turkey’s war of independence in 1919. It was not immediately clear when the talks took place.

In remarks made available earlier on Thursday, Erdoan accused two potential NATO members, and Sweden in particular, of being “the epicenter of terror, the home of terror”. He accused them of funding armed groups and providing weapons, and claimed that these countries’ alleged links to terrorist organizations meant they should not be part of the Trans-Atlantic Alliance.

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