The Atlantic Alliance promotes the procedures for the accession of Sweden y Finland as Member States, and deploys its resources to convince Turkey to lift the veto on the entry of both countries into the organization.
Ankara accuses both Sweden and Finland to be a Kurdish militia sanctuarywhich it considers to be terrorist groups.
Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoganexpressed his concern in Parliament.
“The enlargement of NATO is significant for us in proportion, as long as our sensitivities are respected. It is inconsistent to say, or at least show, all kinds of support for terrorist organizations (the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Syrian People’s Protection Units (YPG) and ask us for support to enter NATO”Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
A concern that the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavusoglu, transferred to the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, in New York.
“Turkey has been supporting NATO’s open door policy, even before this war. Regarding this possible candidacy, they are already candidate countries. And you know, we have legitimate security concerns that they have been supporting terrorist organizations.”Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu added.
The United States expects a change in position from a country it considers a “strong ally.”
“Turkey, all of our allies have been steadfast in supporting Ukraine. And we want the Russian aggression to come to an end. I appreciate the solidarity that we have shown, that Turkey has shown in that effort.”added US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
For now, Blinken has managed to get Turkey to continue discussing the issue with the rest of its allies, a step forward for the entry of Sweden and Finland that requires approval by unanimity of all its members.