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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that his country “does not have a favorable opinion”. Sweden and Finland join NATOarguing that Scandinavian countries are “hosts” for anti-Turkish “terrorist organizations”.
The Turkish leader explained his opposition by citing the alleged support of Sweden and other Scandinavian countries for Kurdish militants and other that Turkey considers terroristsreports The Associated Press.
“We are following the developments concerning Sweden and Finland, but we are not of a favorable opinion,” Erdogan said in Istanbul.
“Furthermore, the Scandinavian countries are guesthouses for terrorist organizations,” Erdogan added, second Reuters.
Erdogan said he didn’t even want to repeat Turkey’s past “mistake” since he agreed to readmit Greece into NATO’s military wing in 1980. He said the action had allowed Greece “to take a stand against Turkey. taking NATO behind “.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Finland and Sweden would be welcomed with open arms if they were to formally apply to join the largest security organization in the world.
The accession process could be completed in “a couple of weeks,” several NATO officials said, although it could take around 6 months for member countries to ratify the accession protocol.
Erdogan did not say outright that he would block any access attempts the two Nordic nations might make, but NATO makes all of its decisions by consensus, which means that each of the 30 member countries has a potential veto over who can join.
Meanwhile, a report by the Swedish government on the changed security environment facing the Nordic country after the Russian invasion of Ukraine states that Moscow will react negatively to Sweden’s NATO membership and launch several countermeasures.
The analysis of the Swedish government’s security policy, which will be used as the basis for Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson’s cabinet to decide whether to try to join the Western military alliance, which was presented to Swedish lawmakers on Friday.
Sweden’s ruling Social Democratic party, led by Andersson, is expected to reveal its decision on Sunday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.