“If necessary, we can give a different message about Finland. Sweden will be shocked when we give a different message about Finland,” said the Turkish leader in response to a question about the candidacy of the two Nordic countries for the NATOduring a televised meeting with young people.
For the first time, the Turkish government hinted that it is willing to treat Finland’s request separately from Sweden’s.
Turkey stopped last Tuesday the entry into NATO of Sweden and Finland by indefinitely postponing a tripartite meeting originally scheduled for early February to address Turkish objections.
Erdogan warned on Monday that Sweden, which he accuses of harboring Kurdish “terrorists”, could no longer count on Ankara’s “support” after a far-right activist burned a copy of the Koran in Stockholm.
Without mentioning the incident, the Turkish president reiterated his criticism of Sweden over Turkey’s extradition demands.
“We told them ‘if you want to join NATO, you have to give these terrorists back to us.’ We gave them a list of 120 people (…) But they make fun of us saying that they have changed their Constitution”, he affirmed. (Yo)
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