Turkey’s conditions for agreeing to our NATO entry are excessive
Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Christichon said on Sunday his country was confident Turkey would accept its bid to join NATO but made it clear it could not meet all the conditions Ankara was making in support of the bid.
“Turkey claims that we have done what we promised, but they also say that they want things that we cannot give them or that we do not want,” Christichon said at a conference in Sweden.
Finland and Sweden signed a tripartite deal with Turkey in 2022 to overcome Ankara’s objections to its NATO membership.
In May, the two countries submitted two applications to join the alliance following Russia’s war on Ukraine, but Turkey disagreed, accusing them of harboring militants, including members of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party.
One of the sticking points is the extradition of people Turkey considers terrorists. Ankara expressed disappointment at a Swedish Supreme Court decision late last year blocking an extradition request for a journalist suspected of being a supporter of cleric Fethullah Gülen, whom Turkey blames for a failed coup attempt.
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