Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Wednesday for respect and support from his NATO allies for his stance against the entry of Finland and Sweden into this military organization.
“Our only expectation from our NATO allies is… first to understand our sensitivity, to respect it and finally to support it,” Erdogan told MPs from his party.
The Turkish president accuses the two Nordic countries of hosting on their territory members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), considered a terrorist organization by Ankara, the United States and the European Union.
We asked Sweden to extradite 30 terrorists and they refused to do so, Erdogan denounced.
“You are not going to send us the terrorists and then ask for our support for your entry into NATO (…) We cannot say +yes+”, the president insisted, lamenting that none of his allies “has ever respected these concerns”.
Sweden and Finland presented their joint application to join NATO on Wednesday, the approval of which requires the unanimous support of the 30 member countries, including Turkey.
Since Friday, Erdogan has repeatedly shown his opposition despite the appeasing messages sent by those around him.
Swedish and Finnish emissaries are expected to visit Ankara on Monday. “They should not bother, there is no need,” Erdogan said sharply on Wednesday.