Turkish President Erdoğan was critical of Sweden and Finland joining NATO on Friday. The Scandinavian countries are “guesthouses for terrorists” and that is why Turkey cannot currently see anything positive in the accession of the northern Europeans.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was critical of Finland and Sweden joining NATO on Friday. He said to journalists:
“We follow the process. But we don’t have a positive opinion about it. Because before that there was a mistake regarding Greece. You are aware of Greece’s behavior towards Turkey in the alliance. As Turkey, we don’t want to make the same mistake a second time“.
Erdoğan also said the Scandinavian countries have a habit of “welcoming” terrorists and letting them into parliament. Scandinavian countries are almost “guesthouses for terrorist organizations” like the Kurdish workers’ party PKK, which is banned in Turkey.
“That’s why we can’t see it positively yet“,
will Erdoğan of RIA Novosti quoted.
Earlier, Finnish President and Prime Minister Sauli Niinistö and Sanna Marin said they would like their country to join NATO. Their joint statement said there was an urgent need for Finland to apply for membership of the alliance.
After the official announcement of the accession plans, the Kremlin had warned against expanding NATO to the Russian borders. The Russian President’s press secretary reminded that this would not make the continent more stable and secure.
The Russian Foreign Ministry had warned that if Finland and Sweden joined the North Atlantic Alliance, they would become a zone of confrontation between NATO and Russia.
Moscow also warned that if Finland joins NATO, Russia would be forced to take countermeasures, including military and technical measures.
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