Recep Erdogan has made it clear that he does not like Sweden’s political support for Kurdish separatists declared terrorists in Turkey.
Turkish President Recep Erdogan said on Friday that his country is “unfavorably” considering the possible accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO. Political analysts in various countries regarded this statement as a sign that Turkey, which has NATO membership, is preparing to use its veto power in the process of joining the two northern states to the North Atlantic Alliance.
“We are closely monitoring the development of the situation regarding Sweden and Finland, but our opinion is not favorable,” Erdogan told reporters, also expressing concern about the fact that Scandinavian countries, including Sweden, support Kurdish armed groups that Ankara has declared terrorists. The Turkish leader also accused the authorities of Greece, a NATO ally, of using these ties against Turkey, and added that he did not intend to repeat the same “mistake.”
At the same time, President Erdogan did not directly say that he would block the process of Finland and Sweden joining the alliance. However, according to the NATO Charter, a consensus of 30 participating countries is required to make such decisions.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has previously indicated that the path to membership in the alliance is open for both Sweden and Finland, if they decide to submit an official application. In this case, the accession procedure can be carried out “in a couple of weeks,” several officials in the NATO leadership told the Associated Press.
At the same time, it was noted that the ratification of the protocol of accession may take up to six months for the member countries of the alliance.