“Sweden will be shocked.” Erdogan sharply about the future of NATO. He sets conditions

Sweden and Finland jointly applied for NATO membership in May 2022. The decision was taken shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine. By early February, all NATO countries, with the exception of Hungary and Turkey, had ratified the protocol on the admission of new members to the Alliance. While Budapest explained the delay in the ratification by saying that the country’s parliament would resume its work only at the end of February, Ankara from the beginning imposed a number of conditions on which Sweden was ready to approve its application for admission to NATO. What is Erdogan playing?

Ankara demanded, above all, that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and its related structures be recognized as terrorist organizations and that the deliveries of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, which were suspended after Ankara bought SAM S-400 missiles from Russia in 2019, be resumed.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

In the summer of 2022, the two sides reached an agreement under which Sweden and Finland agreed, among other things, to: to “prevent the activities” of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and other entities that Turkey considers terrorist. In addition, Ankara demanded the extradition of more than seventy people from Sweden, including members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which defends the rights of Kurds in Turkey, supporters of preacher Fethullah Gulen and other opponents of the current government.