Tensions with Sweden may escalate if Kurdistani’s provocations do not stop

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed on Sunday that tension with Sweden It may escalate if the PKK’s provocations do not stop.

He added, “Sweden must hand us over 130 wanted persons, in order for us to ratify its membership in NATO.”

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These statements came after Ibrahim Kalin, Erdogan’s spokesman and foreign policy advisor, said yesterday, Saturday, that it was unlikely that Sweden and Finland would be able to joining NATO before June.

“It really depends on how quickly they move, and how broadly and deeply they take these issues,” Kallen added.

“What they’re telling us is that the new laws will be fully in effect and completed by June, but maybe there are some things they can do before that,” he said.

Turkey continues to block Sweden’s accession to NATO

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Turkey called on Sweden and Finland to tighten laws to curb the activities of supporters of the PKK, as well as the group it held responsible for the 2016 coup attempt.

“In principle, we would like to see them (Sweden and Finland) in NATO. What they are saying is that they need more time. We told them ‘you should meet these conditions’,” Kalin told foreign reporters in Istanbul, which means they have to send a serious message. to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

He added that Ankara recognizes the Swedish and Finnish commitment to change anti-terrorism laws in accordance with the agreement signed between the three countries at the NATO summit last June.

“Stockholm is fully committed to implementing the agreement that was signed last year in Madrid, but the country needs another six months to write new laws that would allow the judicial system to implement the new definitions of terrorism,” he said.

Officials from Turkey, Sweden and Finland will meet in Brussels in February, but Kalin warned that incidents such as the hanging of an effigy of Erdogan in Stockholm on Wednesday could have a negative impact on negotiations.

“We believe in this process and we want progress to be made, but if these incidents continue, things will not be well for them,” he said.

It is noteworthy that the two countries located in northern Europe applied to join the Western military alliance in the wake of the Russian attack on Ukraine, but their membership must be approved by all NATO countries. Only Turkey and Hungary have not yet agreed to the agreement, with Ankara linking accession to stricter anti-terrorism measures.

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