Turkey Remains Uneasy With Finland’s NATO Bid

(Last Updated On: 2022-05-21)

The office of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has commented on the earlier phone call with Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto.

A statement by the Turkish presidency said Mr Erdogan had told Mr Niinisto that overlooking terrorist organisations posing a threat to a NATO member is not in the spirit of the alliance.

Mr Erdogan also said Ankara expected respect and support for its fight against terrorist organisations that threaten its national security and people.

Turkey has said that Finland and Sweden (which are both seeking NATO membership) harbour people linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party – PKK – which it sees as a terrorist group.

Mr Erdogan also told Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson that Ankara wants its concerns addressed.

He also wants the end of an arms export embargo, which was imposed on Turkey after its 2019 Syria incursion.

Ms Andersson said she appreciated the call, adding: “We look forward to strengthening our bilateral relations, including on peace, security, and the fight against terrorism.”


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