Turkey demands NATO to do so in anticipation of terrorist involvement

Sweden has not yet handed over the individual Ankara wants, said Foreign Minister Mevrut Chabsoguru.

Foreign Minister Mevrut Chabsogur said Turkey had not expelled individuals accused of terrorism-related crimes last month when Ankara agreed to lift the veto of Stockholm’s NATO application.

“The people we requested for delivery have not yet been sent to Turkey.” In an interview with Turkey’s TV100 network, Cavusoglu added that both Sweden and Finland must fulfill their promises with the hope of another NATO who was a party to the agreement.

Accelerating Russia’s attack on Ukraine, Finland and Sweden decided to join NATO after decades of neutrality and formally applied for membership in the alliance in May. However, unanimous consent of all current members is required for the candidate country to be accepted into the military alliance.

Turkey initially opposed the bids of both countries and set some conditions that Ankara must meet in order to change its mind. In Madrid last month, the three signed a memorandum of understanding that Sweden and Finland had ended the embargo on arms sales to Turkey and that Ankara would crack down on individuals and Kurdish groups named terrorists. Among them are Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) activists seeking asylum in Sweden and Finland, and followers of the exiled priest Fethullah Gülen.

“Therefore, we need to thank the Swedish Government and the State Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their remarks, but make sure that they are actually fulfilling their obligations under the Memorandum of Understanding.” The official said.

Cubsoguru’s words followed a harsh warning last week by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said Ankara could reject bids for NATO members in Finland and Sweden.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry reportedly summoned top Swedish diplomats later in the week to the government. “Strong reaction” In a protest organized by a Kurdish group in Gothenburg. Turkey demands NATO to do so in anticipation of terrorist involvement

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