Wed. Sep 28th, 2022
turkey in nato

Turkey’s president reiterated his objections to Finland and Sweden joining Nato, barely hours after they announced their intentions.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the two Nordic countries should not send teams to Turkey, a vital Nato member, to persuade them of their candidacy.

He is enraged by their readiness to house Kurdish extremists, as he perceives it.

Sweden and Finland will not be able to join NATO unless all of its members agree.

Sweden warned on Monday that Europe was living in a frightening new reality as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The addition of Finland and Sweden to the 30-member military alliance does not directly threaten Moscow, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin, but any growth of military facilities would prompt a response.

Mr Erdogan stated at a press conference on Monday that Turkey opposes Finland’s and Sweden’s Nato membership ambitions, branding Sweden as a “hatchery” for terrorist groups.

“Neither of these countries has a clear and transparent stance on terrorist groups. How can we have faith in them? “Turkish President Erdogan stated.

Turkey accuses the two Nordic countries of harbouring members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a terrorist organisation it considers, as well as supporters of Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of plotting a 2016 coup attempt.

Because all Nato member states must agree before a new nation can join, Sweden and Finland need Turkey’s help to join the military alliance.

Mr Erdogan stated that Swedish and Finnish representatives should not travel to Ankara, Turkey’s capital, in order to persuade the Turkish government to endorse their Nato proposal.

His administration has also promised to reject visa applications from nations that have sanctioned it.

Following Ankara’s foray into Syria, the Nordic countries imposed an arms embargo on it in 2019.

Pekka Haavisto, the Finnish Foreign Minister, expressed astonishment at Turkey’s attitude in parliament on Monday, but stressed that his government was not interested in “bargaining” with Mr Erdogan.

Last week, Finland formally announced its intention to join NATO.

On Saturday, it was joined by Sweden, ending the Scandinavian country’s centuries-long military isolation.

At a press conference on Monday, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said, “Nato will strengthen Sweden, and Sweden will strengthen Nato.”

She claimed that Europe was now living in a perilous new reality, referring to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“We are exiting one period and entering a new one,” Ms Andersson said at a debate in Stockholm on Monday.

She said that a formal application could be submitted in a matter of days and that it would be synchronised with Finland. Nato has indicated that it is prepared to accept the two new members.

Ms Andersson, on the other hand, emphasised that Sweden did not want permanent Nato bases or nuclear weapons on her soil.

Norway, Denmark, and Iceland, all Nato members, promptly stated that they would assist Sweden and Finland in any manner possible if they were attacked.

Sweden and Finland have previously received security guarantees from the United Kingdom, which is a Nato member as well.

Sweden’s statement came as one of Nato’s largest drills in the Baltic area, involving 15,000 troops, began on Monday. The drills in Estonia, dubbed “Hedgehog,” involve ten nations, including Finland and Sweden.

All 30 existing members must agree for Finland and Sweden to join Nato. However, one is now refusing.

President Erdogan has stated that nations who impose sanctions on Turkey would not be admitted to the EU.

Following Turkey’s military engagement in Syria three years ago, Sweden halted arms supplies to the country. According to Turkey’s official news agency, Finland and Sweden have both turned down hundreds of requests to transfer Kurdish militants whom Turkey considers terrorists.

Both nations are sending teams to Ankara to attempt to resolve the issue, but President Erdogan says they shouldn’t waste their time.

He is intent on extracting a price for his valuable vote.

Despite Turkish opposition, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated on Sunday that he was optimistic that Finland and Sweden will join.

Mr. Blinken’s meeting with his Turkish counterpart in Washington on Wednesday is expected to revolve around this topic.

Washington will not want to let the two Nordic nations down at the eleventh hour after encouraging them to apply.

By adele rose

Adele Rose is the senior editor and employee of WGBS Pvt Ltd Digital wing.

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