Erdogan says Turkey may block Sweden’s Nato membership bid

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan holding a microphone

Source: BBC

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested that Ankara may agree to Finland joining Nato, but not Sweden.He criticised Sweden’s refusal to extradite dozens of people allegedly tied to Kurdish militant groups and other critics of his government.”If you absolutely want to join Nato, you will return these terrorists to us,” said Mr Erdogan.His comments come days after Turkey suspended talks to accept the two Nordic nations as members.The move was prompted by a series of controversial protests in Stockholm, including one during which a copy of the Koran was burned.

Swedish officials have condemned the protests, but defended the country’s free speech laws.In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Sweden and Finland applied to join Nato last year, ending decades of military non-alignment.Their application must be unanimously approved by all current Nato members, but Turkey and Hungary have failed to ratify their bids.

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