Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses the two countries of supporting terrorism
Turkey, Finland and Sweden NATO blocked the start of membership talks.
At present, Turkey has these two Europe membership in the country’s northern alliance protest the only one who did NATO is a member.
NATOAccording to the Charter of the United Nations, the consent of all allies is required for membership in this organization.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses the two countries of supporting terrorism.
Erdogan said that Sweden and Finland are refusing to extradite members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), as well as followers of Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, to Ankara.
On May 19, Erdogan tightened his rhetoric a bit:
“We cannot agree that countries that impose sanctions on Turkey should join NATO. It would be a place where representatives of terrorist organizations, not NATO security organizations, gather. “
A sensitive issue for Turkey
Director of the Center for International Studies, Odessa Milli Vladimir Dubovik, head of the university’s international relations department, spoke about the reasons why Turkey is blocking Finland and Sweden from joining NATO.
He told CurrentTime that this issue is very important for Turkey:
“These issues are clearly important for Turkey. But we do not believe that Turkey will really prevent Sweden and Finland from joining NATO. We believe that a compromise will be reached on this issue. In general, it is interesting that NATO and Europe Non-liberal members of the Union benefit from democratic legal procedures for their own benefit. For example, currently in Hungary Europe Of the Union Russia embargo on oil snowthat’s right Now Turkey is blocking Sweden’s and Finland’s intention to join NATO.
However, the expert believes that Kurdish separatism is a very sensitive issue for Turkey:
“Therefore, it is painful for Ankara that Finland and Sweden do not consider the Kurdistan Workers’ Party a terrorist organization. On the other hand, Sweden and Finland are very sensitive to human rights issues. The two countries have also blocked the export of certain weapons to Turkey.
Turkey is an important member of NATO
Professor Dubovik says that the US sanctions against Turkey have also strengthened Ankara’s position on the issue.
The United States has imposed sanctions on Turkey over Ankara’s purchase of S-400 missile systems from Russia.
In addition, Turkey has been excluded from the US advanced F-35 fighter jets program:
“Therefore, we are talking about complex problems, and Erdogan is now trying to take advantage of this opportunity to solve them. The hope is that an agreement will be reached in any case. “