- Turkish President blamed both the countries for harbouring “terrorist organisations”
- He slammed the Nordic countries for harbouring extremist Kurdish group
- Finland and Sweden wish to become a part of NATO to deter Russian aggression after it invaded Ukraine
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed disagreement with Finland and Sweden joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He blamed both the countries for harbouring “terrorist organisations” and mentioned that Turkey does not have a “positive opinion” about them.
Recalling a “mistake” made by Turkey’s former rulers who approved Greece’s NATO membership in 1952, President Erdogan said that he does not want to repeat it. Earlier, he slammed the Nordic countries for harbouring extremist Kurdish groups along with supporters of a US-based preacher, Fethullah Gulen, who was wanted over a failed 2016 coup.
Meanwhile, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki remarked that Washington is “working to clarify Turkey’s position”. She added that the other members of NATO have exhibited broad support to Finland and Sweden for becoming members of the transatlantic alliance. As per Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby, “Turkey is a valued NATO ally, that has not changed.”
He mentioned, “They have been involved and helpful in trying to get a dialogue going between Russia and Ukraine, and they have provided assistance to Ukraine. So nothing changes about their standing in the NATO alliance.” Reportedly, Finland and Sweden wish to become a part of NATO to deter Russian aggression after it invaded Ukraine.