Sweden Denies Turkey’s Accusation of Arming Terrorists

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said Sweden does not fund or arm terrorist organizations in response to Turkish claims that Sweden supports Kurdish militant groups.

Andersson said the discussion between the two countries, including Finland, should have cleared the “confusion” about Swedish support for diverse groups.

However, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted Ankara would not approve the two applications and has especially rebuked Sweden for supporting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

On Friday, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde expressed disagreement over “inaccurate” claims that five Swedish politicians represent the Kurdish PKK terror group in the Turkish media.

Linde said the report contained “serious accusations that are wholly unfounded.”

“Violence, terrorism, and extremism have no place in our democratic society,” Linde said.

Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu remained firm on his demands to Sweden and Finland.

“A concrete step needs to be taken regarding Turkey’s concerns. They have to cut the support given to terrorism,” Cavusoglu said.

On Monday, Turkey published a list of five demands for Sweden and the extradition of “terrorists” for having links to the PKK and its allies in Syria, the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

But while Sweden works hard to strike a compromise with Turkey to seal its NATO membership bid, fears mount at home that their government could sacrifice way too much to get the membership.

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