Turkey summons Swedish ambassador to protest ‘anti-propaganda’

Today, on Monday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the Swedish ambassador to the country, in protest against display of anti-Ankara propaganda in embassy building in Stockholm.

Official Turkish channels quoted the foreign ministry as saying the summons came to condemn the display of propaganda for the PKK in the embassy building in the Swedish capital.

Strained relationships

Relations between Ankara and Stockholm have been tense since the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine last February, while Turkey threatens to prevent Sweden from joining NATO.

Turkey accuses Sweden of hosting activists from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and People’s Protection Units, which Ankara classifies as “terrorist” organizations.

To circumvent Turkey’s objections, the three countries (Sweden-Finland-Turkey) signed a memorandum of understanding on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid in June, which dealt specifically with extradition requests.

While Sweden in previously expressed support for the People’s Protection Units and its political arm, the Democratic Union Party, the new government appears to have changed direction.

previous accidents

Interestingly, it is not the first time that the Turkish Foreign Ministry has summoned the Swedish ambassador, summoned last October to denounce “offensive content” to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan broadcast on Swedish public television.

And the same thing happened again last July, when he summoned the Swedish charge d’affaires to Ankara to communicate his “strong reaction” to what he at the time called “terrorist propaganda” during a group protest in the city of Gothenburg, in southwestern Sweden.

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