Sweden’s sanctions on Ankara cannot be ignored, says Turkish President
Ankara can’t “Set aside” Stockholm has imposed sanctions on Turkey while discussing Sweden’s bid to join NATO, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday.
“Turkey’s important role in NATO and other international organizations is clear. However, we are still discussing the lifting of sanctions imposed on us by some of our allies, especially Sweden. “ The Turkish leader said during a trial of his country’s new attack submarine.
“We want to see firm action instead of open diplomatic statements about our national security.” He added, apparently referring to a statement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who has repeatedly acknowledged that each ally’s security concerns need to be addressed.
Turkey has said it will not accept requests from Finland and Sweden to join the US-led military bloc. The two Nordic countries formally applied for membership last week. Ankara cited the organizing record of the countries “Terrorist” And their restrictions on trade with Turkey stumble. The current members need the unanimous support of NATO to expand its organization.
Turkey’s allegations refer to Sweden and Finland’s policy of granting political asylum to people whom Ankara considers dangerous militants, initially fighting a decade-long guerrilla war against ethnic Kurds suspected of having links to a militia group affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Turkish government.
There are also arms embargoes with Turkey, which some European countries, including Sweden, imposed in 2019 in response to its military aggression in Syria.
Erdogan was speaking at the Golkook Naval Shipyard Command in the northwestern Kokeli province. He and other senior figures in the Turkish leadership, including top military officials, attended the docking ceremony of the first race-class attack submarine produced by the shipyard for the Turkish Navy.
It was launched earlier this year and is currently undergoing testing. Turkey wants to deploy six domestically-built boats by 2027, Erdogan said.
The Turkish president stressed how successive governments formed by his party have made great efforts to reduce the country’s dependence on arms imports. As a result of this policy, the share of foreign-dependent weapons systems has dropped from 80% to 30%, Erdogan said.