Sweden: We cannot meet Turkey’s requests to join NATO

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Christichon announced on Sunday that Turkey, which has blocked Sweden and Finland from joining NATO since May, has made demands that Sweden cannot and cannot accept.

He added that his country is confident that Turkey will accept its request to join NATO, but clarified that it cannot meet all the conditions set by Ankara to support the request.

“Turkey claims we did what we said we would do, but they also say they want things we can’t give them or we don’t want,” Christichon told a conference. in Sweden.

Finland and Sweden signed a tripartite agreement with Turkey in 2022 aimed at overcoming Ankara’s objections to their NATO membership.

In May, the two countries submitted two applications to join the alliance in the wake of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, but Turkey has objected and accused them of harboring militants, including members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

Among the critical points is the extradition of people whom Turkey considers terrorists. Ankara has expressed disappointment with the decision taken late last year by a Swedish supreme court blocking the extradition request of a journalist suspected of being a supporter of Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of a failed coup attempt.

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