Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed that Turkey had informed NATO members that it would reject Sweden and Finland joining the alliance.
On the occasion of Youth Day, he said, in a speech posted on his Twitter page: We do not want to make the same mistake twice, so we will continue our policy in this regard firmly. We told our partners that we would say no to the membership of Sweden and Finland in NATO. We will continue in the same vein.”
Erdogan also accused the two countries of harboring “terrorist groups”.
In this context, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed that “Turkey cannot abandon relations with Russia and Russian gas,” considering this issue a “strategic.”
“We have relations with both sides (Russia and Ukraine). We have the Akkuyu nuclear power plant project with Russia. Next year we will complete and open this project,” he said, adding that “this is a very important source for us, as we receive 50% of our consumed gas from Russia. This is a strategic issue for us… Our relations (with Russia) are strategic… We cannot refuse or sever them.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he had no intention of severing ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin or Volodymyr Zelensky, and that he was continuing “telephone diplomacy” with both sides.
“We follow a policy of balance in our relations with Russia and Ukraine, and we do not intend to sever ties, nor with Russian President Vladimir Putin, nor with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky,” he said.
Yesterday, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told officials from the United States, Finland, Sweden, Britain and Germany that the issue of the accession of Helsinki and Stockholm to NATO will not progress if his country’s security concerns are not addressed.
According to Turkish television, Kalin discussed, during a telephone conversation, the request for Finland and Sweden to join NATO with officials from the United States, Britain, Germany, Finland and Sweden, and informed them of the need to take concrete steps regarding Turkey’s security concerns, stressing that “if Ankara’s demands are not met to remove its security concerns, the issue of Finland and Sweden joining NATO will not progress.”
Kalin also stressed that “Ankara will not accept to allow NATO member states to host members of “terrorist” organizations to operate in its territory.”
The Swedish and Finnish ambassadors to the European Union, in the Belgian capital, Brussels (NATO headquarters), presented, on Wednesday, the Secretary-General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, their two countries’ applications to join this organization.
The Sweden and Finland missions to NATO, via Twitter, said that this day is “historic”. Finland and Sweden have submitted applications for NATO membership.
For his part, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed via Twitter that he had received the two requests; “We are honored to receive applications for Finland and Sweden membership in NATO…This is a good day, at a critical moment for our security,” he said.
Stoltenberg noted that the applications submitted today are a “historic step”, and allies will now consider the next steps for NATO membership.
Russia has also warned, on more than one occasion, that Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO will require taking measures by Russia to protect its security from the threats posed by the alliance to it, considering that the joining step is unjustified, because Moscow does not have any problems with these two countries. .