Representatives of these countries should not ask Turkey to approve their applications, the president said
Turkey will not say “YesRecep Tayyip Erdogan, the country’s president, said on Monday that any attempt to persuade Ankara to change its position would be in vain.
“These countries do not have a clear and unequivocal position against terrorist organizations. Sweden is the incubation center of the terrorist organization. They bring terrorists into their parliament to speak. We will not say ‘yes’ to a security agency joining NATO <...> They are going to come to us on Monday. Sorry, they don’t have to bother, “ Erdogan said.
Both Finland and Sweden on Sunday formally announced their intention to join the military alliance. Turkey warns it will oppose the move, Erdogan calls on two Nordic countries “Guesthouse of a terrorist organization.” He was referring to the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP / C), which have been banned in his country.
The Swedish Foreign Ministry said on Monday that senior officials from Helsinki and Stockholm would travel to Turkey to discuss the matter. Erdogan, however, said in a press briefing that such talks would be meaningless.
To join the alliance, a country’s membership bid must be approved by a consensus of 30 members.