Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey will freeze Finland and Sweden’s requests to NATO if they do not keep their promises.
Reuters news agency reports.
At the end of June, Turkey, Sweden and Finland agreed on a document signed before the NATO summit in Madrid.
The document commits Sweden and Finland to work with Turkey on issues related to terrorism and terrorist groups. Sweden and Finland, among others, pledge to refrain from contacting the Kurdish People’s Protection Units.
Erdogan says that promises to Turkey must be kept before his parliament approves NATO membership. This means, among other things, that Sweden will extradite 73 people to Turkey.
Sweden announced that any decision on extradition to Turkey would be taken by independent courts.
President Erdogan called the deal a “diplomatic victory” in late June.
In response to the Russian war in Ukraine, Sweden and Finland sought membership in the Defense Alliance.
For new countries to become members of NATO, all existing members of the defense alliance must agree to new applications for membership.
Therefore, it is important for Swedish and Finnish membership in NATO that Erdogan agree to their requests.
Correction: The first version of this case stated that Erdogan had threatened to freeze Finland and Germany’s membership in NATO. The right thing, of course, is that it is about Finnish and Swedish membership. The bug was fixed on 18.07.2022 at 17.26.