Turkish President Erdogan’s Opposition to Sweden’s NATO Membership Dependent on Anti-Turkey Protests: Ankara Update

2023-06-14 10:13:00

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he will not support Sweden’s membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) at next month’s NATO summit unless anti-Turkey demonstrations in Stockholm are stopped. Filmed for 3 days. (2023 REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File Photo)

ANKARA (Archyde.com) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he will not support Sweden joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) at next month’s NATO summit unless anti-Turkey protests in Stockholm are stopped. said no. He told reporters on the plane returning from Azerbaijan on the 13th.

Erdogan said he could not be willing to engage Sweden in NATO while “terrorists” protested in Stockholm, reiterating his position during a meeting with Swedish officials in Ankara on Thursday. He said he would.

Sweden’s chief negotiator, Oskar Stensström, said talks with Turkish officials were good and talks to resolve Turkish objections would continue. “Sweden believes it has done enough, but Turkey is not yet ready to make a decision and believes it needs to provide further answers to its questions,” he said.

The Turkish president’s office said in a statement that the meeting discussed Sweden’s progress on the trilateral agreement reached in Madrid last year. The two sides agreed to continue to work on “expected concrete steps” for Sweden’s NATO membership, the sources said.

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