Turkey's Position Against Sweden's Application for NATO Membership

Turkey's Position Against Sweden's Application for NATO Membership
Turkey's Stance Against Sweden's Application for NATO Membership

“Turkey expects concrete guarantees from Sweden, which supports terrorist organizations, within the framework of NATO's collective security principle.”

Presidency's Directorate of Communications stated that Turkey expects concrete guarantees from Sweden, which supports terrorist organizations, within the framework of NATO's collective security principle.

The Directorate of Communications reminded that Turkey has requested the extradition of PKK/PYD and FETO terrorists from Sweden since 2017, but did not receive a positive response.

In the statement that drew attention to the fact that the Swedish authorities hosted the members of the terrorist organization that Turkey is fighting at the ministerial level and supported their activities in the country, the importance of "eliminating political support" was pointed out.

Emphasizing the necessity of eliminating the financing source of terrorism, it was reminded that the Swedish government, which applied for NATO membership, decided to support the PKK/PYD, which threatens the national security of Turkey, a member of the alliance, in the amount of 2023 million dollars for 376.

In the statement, which stated that it is important to end the weapon and equipment support to the PKK/PYD, the Swedish government provided military equipment support, especially anti-tank and drones, to the PKK/PYD, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by NATO, and that the said weapons were used against terrorism carried out by the Turkish authorities. reportedly captured during combat operations.

“The embargo is against the spirit of the alliance”

Reminding that the Swedish government decided to impose an arms embargo against Turkey after the Peace Spring Operation, which was launched in 2019 in order for Turkey to exercise its rights stemming from international law in the Eastern Mediterranean and to ensure border security, the statement reminded that Turkey's legitimate rights based on international law and terrorism. It was emphasized that he expects support from all NATO member states in the fight he has been waging for decades, and that he considers embargo practices contrary to the spirit of the alliance.

Pointing out the importance of global cooperation against terrorism, the statement noted:

“While our country adopts NATO's 'open-door' policy, it maintains its belief that the member and candidate countries of the alliance should cooperate at a high level in the fight against terrorism, as in all other matters. Principle steps and concrete guarantees regarding Turkey's security concerns are expected to be submitted by Sweden, which has applied for candidacy. Turkey expects concrete guarantees from Sweden, which supports terrorist organizations, within the framework of NATO's collective security principle.

Turkey's Position Against Sweden's Application for NATO Membership

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