Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday warned that Turkey can still freeze Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership bid if they failed to deliver on their promises.
Speaking to reporters in Ankara, Erdogan said that Turkey has given conditional approval to the Nordics countries joining the alliance and could block the process if they fail to take the necessary steps against terrorist groups.
“Especially Sweden is not living up to its promises,” Erdogan said without giving further details.
In late June, Turkey lifted its objection to Sweden and Finland joining the alliance but warned that it would block the process if the two states fail to extradite suspect links to Kurdistan Workers’ Party (KKP), as well as the Gulenist Terror Group (FETO).
The development came after Turkey, Sweden and Finland signed a trilateral memorandum at the sideline of the NATO Summit in Madrid last month.
Erdogan at that time said that Turkey got what it wanted from the talks in Madrid under which the two countries agreed to cooperate with Turkey on fighting the PKK terrorist group and its affiliates.
US, NATO and Turkey designated PKK as terrorist group that has waged war against the Turkish state since 1984 that claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people.
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