Turkey expects a “written response” from Sweden and Finland before lifting its objections to NATO membership, the Turkish foreign minister said today.
“We have forwarded our written requests to these two countries (…) We are now awaiting their written response,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoλουlu told reporters.
Without elaborating on the demands, the minister clarified that they are not just about “a change of laws” of the two Scandinavian countries, in a report in Sweden that announced its intention to strengthen its legislation in the fight against terrorism.
“This answer can be in the form of a law or another,” Tsavousoglou added.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also reiterated today in front of his party MPs, the AKP, that “as far as NATO is concerned, as long as Sweden and Finland do not adopt tangible measures in the fight against terrorism, our position is not it will change”.
Ankara accuses the two countries of protecting fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is described as a “terrorist” organization by Turkey and its Western allies.
Finnish Prime Minister Sana Marin on Tuesday called for an agreement with Ankara to be reached ahead of the Atlantic Alliance summit in late June, with the risk of seeing her country and Sweden’s accession “frozen”.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Sweden on Monday that NATO was “working hard” to resolve the “legitimate” problems posed by Turkey.
“Mr. Stoltenberg always expresses his views honestly and makes efforts to respond to Turkey’s concerns. We appreciate his efforts,” said Mevlüt Çavuşo .lu.