Turkey Warns Kurdish Protests in Sweden Pose Threat to NATO Membership

Turkey Blocks Sweden’s Entry into NATO After Erdogan Insult

Ibrahim Kalin, an adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, declared Saturday (14.01.2022) that Turkey “is not in a position” to ratify Sweden’s entry into NATO for the moment, after an incident that caused unrest in Ankara.

The Turkish government summoned the Swedish ambassador in Ankara to protest the dissemination of a video montage made by the Swedish branch of the Party of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seen hanging under the epithet “dictator”.

Kalin said Turkey wants to move forward but if such incidents are repeated the process of Sweden’s accession to NATO will slow down. He asked Sweden to send “a clear message” about its position towards PKK members residing in the Nordic country.

The presidential adviser acknowledged that the new Swedish government took several important initiatives, such as the “highly appritiated” visit of the Scandinavian prime minister to Ankara shortly after taking office. Turkey has been blocking the candidacies of Sweden and Finland to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) since May, considering them sanctuaries for members of PKK.

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