The negotiations of the Finnish and Swedish delegations with the Turkish authorities were not at the expected level, Erdogan said. According to him, as long as he is president, Ankara will not approve the entry into NATO of countries that “support terrorism”
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he was not satisfied with the outcome of negotiations with representatives of the delegations of Sweden and Finland on the prospects for these countries to join NATO, TRT reports.
“Unfortunately, the meeting of the delegations was not at the same level , which we expected»,— he said, answering journalists' questions about whether Turkey's security concerns had been resolved, and Stockholm and Helsinki agreed to the demand for the extradition of terrorists (Ankara considers members of the PKK to be them).
The Turkish leader also reproached Finland and Sweden for being “dishonest and insincere”. “As long as Erdogan is the president of Turkey, we definitely cannot say yes; accession to NATO of countries that support terrorism, — he added (quoted by Reuters).
Negotiations of the Finnish and Swedish delegations with the Turkish authorities on the entry of the Scandinavian countries into NATO were held on May 25 in Ankara. Following their results, Erdogan's representative Ibrahim Kalin said that Turkey had presented its demands, under which it was ready to reconsider its position. Among them, as the Turkiye newspaper wrote, — extradition to Turkey of members of the PKK, the closure of all organizations associated with structures that Ankara considers terrorist, and the provision of appropriate guarantees to the Turkish side.
According to Reuters sources, the negotiations were not easy, the parties made “little progress”; and made no clear progress.
Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO on May 18, explaining their decision by changes in the security sphere after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. Stockholm and Helsinki stressed that such a move is not directed against Moscow.
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