Turkey has told allies it will reject Sweden and Finland from joining NATO, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said in a video posted on his Twitter account on Thursday.
Finland and Sweden formalized, this Wednesday 19), the request to join NATO.
The decision to apply for the US-led military alliance was a decision spurred by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Turkey’s objections surprised other NATO members.
“We will continue our policy in a determined manner. We told allies that we will say no to Finland and Sweden joining NATO,” Erdogan said in a conversation with students.
The Turkish president said Sweden and Finland harbor and finance “terrorists” and supply them with weapons, echoing Ankara’s accusation that the countries support groups it considers terrorists, namely the militant group of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). ) and the Syrian Kurdish YPG.
“NATO is a security alliance and we cannot accept terrorists as part of it,” Erdogan said.
Source: CNN Brasil