Sweden and Finland must fulfill their promises to get into NATO – Ankara — Analysis
Turkish President Recep Takyip Erdogan stated on Thursday that both the Nordic countries have to keep all promises to Turkey under a deal to remove its veto of their NATO bids. If Sweden or Finland don’t keep their promises, they will not submit their application to Turkey, warned Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“The key thing is for promises to come true,”Erdogan spoke at a press conference held after the conclusion of NATO Summit in Madrid. “First Sweden and Finland should carry out their duties and those are in the text … But if they don’t, of course it is out of the question for the ratification to be sent to our parliament,”He added.
All NATO member countries must support any country’s bid to join and have their parliaments ratify it before accession can begin.
Turkey and two Nordic countries reached a 10-point deal, which included the persecuting of any groups Ankara considers to be terrorists. “terrorists”This week, the embargo on arms was lifted.
Turkey will now be closely watching to see if Sweden and Finland keep their word, including extraditing many individuals Ankara wanted. “Sweden has promised to extradite 73 terrorists to Turkey,” Erdogan said.
“This is the beginning, we will closely follow the implementation of the promises made in the memorandum and take measures accordingly,”He added that he hailed the agreement as major “diplomatic victory”Turkey
During the conflict between Russia, Ukraine and later in February, both Finland and Sweden tried to get into the US-led NATO bloc. Although the countries have been close allies for many decades, they were neutral until recently.
However, their NATO push was stalled when Turkey raised concerns about the NATO members it harbors. “terrorists.” The groups include the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the so-called Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organization (FETO), an alleged organization said to be led by US-based Turkish cleric Gulen. Ankara thinks FETO was responsible for Erdogan’s failed attempt to overthrow him in 2016.
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