Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that if Sweden and Finland fail to fulfill their counter-terrorism pledges in their accord with Turkey, Ankara will freeze their accession to NATO.
However, on Monday the president Recep Tayyip Erdogan He said that if both countries fail to deliver on the counter-terrorism pledges in their deal with Turkey, Ankara will “freeze” their accession to the North Atlantic Alliance.
– Sweden it is not an example for the moment when it comes to implementing these arrangements – added Erdogan.
Terms of Turkey
In a document signed at the NATO summit in Madrid in June, Turkey agreed to support accession Finland and Sweden to the Alliance in exchange for a promise of support in the fight against Kurdish organizations considered terrorist. Erdogan emphasized then that the commitments of the northern countries also included the surrender of persons suspected of terrorist activity.
– First, Sweden and Finland should fulfill their obligations under the text of the agreement (…). If they fail to do so, of course there will be no question of sending the ratification application to our parliament, said the Turkish president at a press conference following the end of the three-day summit in Madrid.
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