Türkiye's President Erdogan says turning a blind eye to terror organisations posing a threat to a NATO ally was "incompatible with the spirit of friendship and alliance".
Sweden and Finland seeking NATO seats should offer "guarantees" they will stop backing terrorists targeting Türkiye, FM Mevlut Cavusoglu says while hailing "positive" talks with US over sale of F-16 fighter jets.
A top advisor to US President Joe Biden says Washington will help address Türkiye's objections to Finland and Sweden's membership bids, after Ankara criticised the countries for supporting terror groups.
Sweden and Finland have no clear stance against terrorist groups, the Turkish president says, adding their delegations should not come to Ankara to push their NATO bid.
Sweden, Finland 'openly supporting, engaging with' PKK/YPG, which has been 'attacking Türkiye, killing Turkish troops and people,' says Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
These "Scandinavian countries are like terrorist groups guesthouses ... there are supporters of terrorism in parliament. We cannot be positive towards this," Turkish President Erdogan says.
NATO’s “open door policy” for enlargement aims to increase stability and security in Europe but some critics argue expansion of new member countries could cause issues for the alliance.
Russia has unveiled proposals to contain the US and NATO in Eastern Europe, calling for urgent negotiations with Washington as it amasses forces near Ukraine.
In June Greece and Macedonia signed a deal on a new name: "Republic of North Macedonia."But President Gjorge Ivanov refused to sign the agreement, saying it violated the constitution.
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