Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey may send a message to Finland regarding the country’s membership in NATO, which will shock Sweden.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara could agree to Finland’s application to join NATO earlier than Sweden. He said this on Sunday, January 29, during a conversation with students, Ukrinform reports.
“We can send another message to Finland (according to the country’s application to join NATO – ed.), and Sweden will be shocked when it sees it. But Finland should not make the same mistake as Sweden,” Erdogan said.
The President of Turkey also noted that the country is no longer the same as it was 20, 30 and even 40 years earlier, and therefore it must be reckoned with. He also recalled that Ankara handed over to Stockholm a list of members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, allegedly hiding in Sweden.
“We provided Sweden with a list of 120 people and told them to extradite these terrorists in their country. If you don’t extradite them, I’m sorry,” Erdogan said, referring to Turkey’s tripartite agreement with Sweden and Finland to fulfill the prerequisites for NATO candidacy.
A week earlier, Erdogan said Turkey would not support Sweden’s NATO membership.
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