Turkish President Recept Erdogan expressed on Monday that his country does not plan to back Sweden and Finland’s plan to join NATO.
Erdogan is against the plan because the two nations currently hold sanctions against Turkey dating back to 2019.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly implied Monday that Turkey will block Sweden and Finland’s bid to join the NATO alliance.
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“Neither of these countries have a clear, open attitude towards terrorist organizations. How can we trust them,” Erdogan said at a news conference on Monday.
“They are coming to Turkey on Monday. Are they coming to convince us? Excuse me, but they should not tire themselves,” he added.
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The current sanctions are due to a ban on arms sales to Turkey over past attacks on Kurdish fighters in Syria.
The new effort for Finland and Sweden to join NATO may not be as easy as planned. Turkey will certainly seek concessions in order to support the move, something the two nations may not want to change in order to become part of the group.