Anderson rejects Erdogan's accusations: Sweden does not fund terrorist organizations
Sweden does not fund or arm terrorist organizations, the prime minister said today Magdalena Anderson, rejecting Turkish claims and opposition to NATO membership bid over support for Kurdish militant groups.
"We are not sending money to terrorist organizations, of course, nor weapons," Anderson told a news conference in Stockholm.
Her remarks come after the Finnish and Swedish delegations began talks with Ankara today. According to her, the talks will provide an opportunity to clear up the "confusion" circulating about Swedish support for various groups.
Turkey has opposed claims by Sweden and neighboring Finland, particularly Sweden, over what it considers a leniency to Kurdish militant groups in the Nordic countries.
Stockholm and Helsinki submitted their bids to join NATO last week after political and public support for membership rose after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Turkey, however, has accused Sweden and Finland of acting as hotspots for terrorist groups, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has insisted that Ankara will not approve the two countries' candidacies.