President Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey feels positive about Finland’s bid to join the NATO military alliance but not Sweden’s.
Turkey positive on Finland but not Sweden’s NATO bid
Turkey looks positively on Finland’s application for NATO membership but does not support Sweden’s bid, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says.
“Our position on Finland is positive but it is not positive on Sweden,” Erdogan said of their NATO applications in a speech to his AK Party deputies in parliament.
Sweden and Finland applied last year to join the trans-Atlantic military pact after Russia invaded Ukraine but faced unexpected objections from Turkey and have since sought to win its support.
Turkey wants Finland and Sweden in particular to take a tougher line against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) – which is considered a terror group by Turkey, the European Union, the US and Australia – and another group it blames for a 2016 coup attempt.