The Swedish foreign ministry confirmed on Sunday that a “meeting” took place in the Turkish capital, without providing further details.
Ankara accuses Stockholm, as well as Helsinki, of sympathizing with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its allies, which it considers “terrorist organizations”. That is why I have set the conditions for Sweden and Finland to join NATO.
A diplomatic source in Turkey said: “After taking note of the terrorist propaganda carried out by supporters of the PKK / PYD / YPG in Gothenburg, in Sweden, on 21 July, the Chargé d’Affaires of the Swedish Embassy in Ankara was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and expression for our strong reaction.
In this context, Turkey demands that “the perpetrators of these acts be identified and that the necessary legal and judicial measures and practical measures be taken”, according to the source.
Turkey’s reaction follows the demonstrations organized last week in Sweden to celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Rojava (the Kurdish revolt in Syria) and the memory of those who sacrificed everything for a better world “, according to a tweet from the Swedish Committee for Rojava.
Ankara, which has been blocking NATO membership of the two northern European countries since May, signed a memorandum of understanding in June that binds their membership to the fight against Kurdish movements and their supporters on its soil.
On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once again threatened to “freeze” their membership, accusing Sweden of not “participating” in the fight against terrorism and of “showing a bad image” in this subject.
These new tensions over NATO expansion come against the backdrop of Turkey’s threat two months ago to launch an operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Syria to create a “safe zone” along the border.