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Turkey's warning to Sweden's membership in NATO

6 Feb 2023 - 9:36

Turkey says that as long as terrorist groups (PKK and YPG) are hidden in Sweden, Stockholm cannot enter NATO.

 Afghan Voice Agency (AVA): Relations between Turkey and Sweden deteriorated after the burning of copies of the Holy Quran in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm on January 21, and Ankara announced that until Sweden fulfills its obligations in If the fight against terrorism does not work, it will not agree to the country's membership in NATO. Turkey says that Sweden has sheltered the militants of the Turkish Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) who took up arms against the Turkish government in 1984.
The PKK group is recognized as a terrorist group in Turkey, Sweden, America and Europe. Ankara wants Sweden and Finland to take a tougher stance against the PKK and its affiliates, which it considers responsible for the failed 2016 coup.
According to TRT, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said: "Terrorist organizations are laying mines on the path of Sweden's membership in NATO, and Stockholm is stepping on these mines, while if it wants, it can remove these mines." steal the
The Turkish Foreign Minister also added: "We cannot reward those who do not adhere to agreements and commitments. Ankara is ready to discuss this issue, but in the current situation, we cannot agree to Sweden joining NATO."

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