Turkey: Sweden and Finland must do more to join NATO

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Official Ankara believes that Sweden and Finland have taken "positive steps" in the fight against terrorism, which was a condition set by Turkey to support their entry into NATO, but that they need to do more to meet Ankara's demands, the head of the Turkish Ministry of Defense said today. diplomacy Mevlut Cavusoglu.

"The new government in Sweden is more determined than the previous one and we accept that with pleasure. They made legal changes and these are all positive steps," Cavusoglu said at a press conference in Bucharest, on the sidelines of the NATO ministerial meeting.

The foreign ministers of Sweden, Finland and Turkey met yesterday on the sidelines of that meeting.

But the Turkish minister added that regardless of the "nice words and determination" of the two Nordic countries, Turkey still expects "concrete measures".

Turkey accuses Sweden and Finland of leniency towards the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and its allies, such as the People's Protection Units, and has blocked the two Nordic countries' entry into the Atlantic alliance since May. Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO in May in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Hungary, which, apart from Turkey, is the only country in NATO that has not yet ratified the entry of Sweden and Finland, said that it will do so in the first part of February 2023.

Turkey has not yet set a date when the Parliament will decide on the ratification of the entry of the two Nordic countries into the Alliance.

Sweden and Finland should tighten their anti-terror laws and increase cooperation with NATO, including Turkey, to fight terrorism and terrorist organizations such as the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), said the general secretary of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg.

"It is important for Turkey, because Turkey is the NATO member country that is most exposed to terrorist attacks and is worried about it. It must be proportionate, but Turkey has the right to defend itself against terrorist attacks," Stoltenberg said in an interview with the Swedish public service SVT.

Sweden and Finland must toughen anti-terror laws if they want to join NATO

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