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Turkey’s leader says ‘no’ to Sweden and Finland’s Nato bid

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Istanbul: Turkey will oppose Sweden and Finland joining NATO. The country’s president made it clear in a video released Thursday.
In a video commemorating Ataturk, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a group of Turkish youth that he would say “no” to Finland and Sweden joining NATO. We will continue to follow this path. ” Youth and Sports Day, national holidays.
Turkey’s approval of Finland and the application for Sweden’s Western military alliance are very important as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) makes consensual decisions. Each of the 30 member states has the authority to reject member bids.
Turkey’s opposition stems from the recognition of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Swedish (and Finnish) support for the Syrian armed groups that Turkey considers to be an extension of PKK, Erdogan said. Stated. The conflict with the PKK has killed tens of thousands of people since 1984.
Turkey also accuses Sweden and Finland of containing followers of Fethullah Gülen, a U.S.-based Muslim priest who was accused by the Turkish government in a 2016 military coup attempt. ing.
A complete record of conversations with Erdogan youth for a vacation to commemorate the beginning of the Turkish War of Independence in 1919 will be released Thursday night. I didn’t immediately know when the conversation took place.
In a statement released earlier Thursday, Prime Minister Erdogan accused the two NATO candidates, especially Sweden, of being “the focus of terrorism and the home of terrorism.” He accused them of providing financial and weapons support to armed groups, arguing that allegations of relations with terrorist organizations meant that they should not be part of a transatlantic alliance.
Turkish officials, including the president, have also pointed out arms restrictions on Turkey as the reason Ankara objected to both countries becoming part of NATO.
Several European countries, including Sweden and Finland, have set a goal of clearing the border areas of Kurdish extremists and will export arms to Turkey following a cross-border operation to northeastern Syria in 2019. I restricted it.
Turkey states that the Syrian People’s Defense Units (YPG) are directly linked to the PKK, and Ankara was dissatisfied with US support for them in the fight against Islamic State groups.

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