Turkish President Erdogan: “We don't see any positives in Finland and Sweden joining NATO” Turkish President Erdogan said that the Scandinavian countries are a “guest house for terrorists”, referring to the Kurdistan Workers' Party. “We cannot look at it positively,” he stressed
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey does not consider the possibility of Finland and Sweden's accession to NATO to be positive. This was stated by Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Anadolu reports.
“Now we are following the developments in relation to Sweden and Finland, but we do not see [in this] positive”,— he said.
According to Erdogan, the Scandinavian countries are “guest houses for terrorist organizations.” He noted that members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party banned in the republic live in Sweden, the Netherlands and even participate in parliament. “We can't look at it positively,” — he concluded.
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin on May 12 announced the need to apply immediately to NATO. Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto explained this decision by saying that “the hostilities launched by Russia endangered the stability of the whole of Europe.”
Expressen wrote that Sweden, in turn, plans to submit a corresponding application on May 16.
In addition to Turkey, Croatia spoke out against the entry of the two Scandinavian countries into the alliance. Croatian leader Zoran Milanovic dismissed the Swedish and Finnish bids for NATO membership as a “dangerous gamble”. In his opinion, these countries cannot join the bloc until the election law in Bosnia and Herzegovina is changed in the interests of the Bosnian Croats.
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At the same time, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the United States will support Finland and Sweden joining NATO.
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin regards the desire of Helsinki to become a member of NATO as a threat. According to him, Moscow's actions will depend on how the “expansion process” will be expressed; and how the military infrastructure of the alliance will move.
The Russian Foreign Ministry recalled that the raison d'être of NATO is geopolitical confrontation with Russia, therefore, if Finland and Sweden become members of the alliance, they will also become a space of confrontation.
On May 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed at a meeting with the country's Security Council possible threats from the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO.
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