President Erdogan says that despite Ankara's warnings, Sweden has taken no action to extradite nearly 130 terrorists or stop PKK/PYD terror groups' demonstrations in Stockholm.
President Erdogan tells NATO chief Stoltenberg that measures by both Nordic nations against PKK terror group and its affiliates would determine how fast Ankara will ratify their memberships, says Turkish presidency.
It is important that Finland and Sweden address [Türkiye’s requests] for terrorists' extradition so long as the PKK is considered a terror organisation by all EU members, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.
Speaking to reporters following a NATO gathering of defence chiefs in Brussels, Hulusi Akar reiterated Turkish security concerns over the Nordic countries' bid to the military alliance.
The statement from Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde comes as Stockholm faces pressure from Türkiye to end its support for the PKK/YPG terror group if it wants to join NATO.
"Türkiye maintains the admission of Sweden and Finland entails risks for its own security and the organisation's [NATO] future," President Erdogan argues in The Economist article.
Sweden, Finland should end their support of terrorism if they want to join NATO, says Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed that without prioritising basic security concerns, NATO's enlargement policy is not good for either Türkiye or NATO itself.
"Since the PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation in Europe, it's important that we do our part not to allow any preparations for terrorist activity on Finnish soil," says Finnish FM Pekka Haavisto.
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.
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