Turkey to block Sweden and Finland from joining NATO

Sälen, Sweden:- Sweden’s Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, announced that it cannot fulfil all the demands listed by Turkey for joining NATO, and said that Turkey is asking for “Too Much” to approve its NATO bid.

NATO bid of Sweden and Finland is a joint bid to join the military alliance in May 2022, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but it was blocked by Turkey, which resulted in a three-way agreement among them, which listed out some demands by Turkey.

To admit a new NATO member, there should be approval from all members by unanimous agreement.

Turkey to block Sweden and Finland from joining NATO
Turkey to block Sweden and Finland from joining NATO

Turkey has accused Sweden and Finland of harbouring Kurdish rebels in Turkey and in the demands, it has requested the two nordic countries to join Turkey in fighting against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist organization by the state of Turkey.

Currently, Sweden shares healthy and strong ties with the Kurdish people and its diaspora, and this is considered an Anti-turkey move by the Turkish government.

Another point of contest between Sweden and Turkey is the extradition of Turkish journalist Bulent Kenes to Turkey who, according to Turkey, is accused of attempting a coup in 2016 against the president of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey is also demanding the extradition of 33 Kurdish fighters to Turkey who are considered terrorists by Turkey.

As these demands cannot be met completely, the bid of Sweden and Finland for joining NATO is predicted to be blocked by Turkey.

Out of the 30 NATO members, only Turkey and Hungary are remaining to approve the admission of Sweden and Finland into NATO.

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