Turkey will not confirm Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership applicationsas long as the promises“Won’t Manufacture by Both Countries”organizationsTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.
,We will maintain our principled position until the promises made to the country are fulfilled“, declared before the Turkish National Assembly Mr. Erdogan, who has been threatening to block the entry of the two Nordic states into NATO since mid-May.
,Whether or not the promises made by Sweden and Finland will be fulfilled and, of course, the final decision will lie with our larger gathering.“, added the head of state.
Mr. Erdogan, who “emphasized the importance of”fight against terrorism“, accusing both countries of protecting Kurdish fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and People’s Protection Units (YPG), who are considered terrorists by Ankara.
Only Hungary and Turkey have not yet given their final consent to the parliament.
In a significant sign of concession to Turkey to receive the green light from Ankara to enter NATO, Sweden announced on Friday that it has reauthorized the export of military equipment to Turkey.
The lifting of these restrictions was one of the conditions set by Ankara.
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