Breaking news! Within the scope of NATO Summit held in Spain’s capital city Madrid, the 4-way meeting between President Erdoğan, Finnish President Niinistö, Swedish Prime Minister Andersson and NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg started.
However, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in his statement before the meeting, said, “We hope to make progress in today’s meeting with President Erdogan,” and said, “I am grateful to Turkey for its efforts on the Ukrainian grain crisis.”
WHY IS TURKEY AGAINST THE MEMBERSHIP OF SWEDEN AND FINLAND?
On the other hand, Turkey follows a stance that supports the open-door policy of NATO, of which it has been a member since 1952. In the post-Cold War era, he also supported the joining of the former Soviet bloc countries to the alliance in 1999 and 2004.
The reason for Sweden and Finland’s objection to their participation is that these two Scandinavian countries “do not reinforce Turkey’s fight against terrorism” and give reinforcements to the YPG, the Syrian extension of the PKK.
Turkey argues that both Sweden and Finland are home to PKK members. Talking about his discomfort, especially saying that Sweden has provided military equipment and financial reinforcements to the YPG, Turkey also keeps on the agenda not to extradite 21 people demanded from this country to prosecute, and 12 demanded from Finland.