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Sweden, Finland tied to PKK elements, main problem with NATO bids: Erdoğan

Sweden’s and Finland’s ties to individuals and so-called organizations that operate under the control of the YPG/PKK terror group are the “main problem” in their bid for NATO membership, it said on Friday. the Turkish President to the British Prime Minister.

In a phone call, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Boris Johnson discussed bilateral relations, as well as regional developments, including Sweden’s and Finland’s NATO bids and the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia, according to a statement from the Turkish Presidential Communications Directorate.

Erdoğan stressed that the Turkish government wants to ensure that Finland and Sweden respect NATO values ​​and take into account Turkey’s legitimate concerns.

He said that the justified reaction of the Turkish public against the application for NATO membership of countries that support terrorism should not be ignored.

Sweden and Finland formally applied to join NATO on Wednesday, a move prompted by Russia’s war with Ukraine, which began in February. But Turkey, a longtime member of the alliance, has voiced objections to offers to join, criticizing countries for tolerating and even supporting terror groups.

During its more than 35-year terrorist campaign against Turkey, the PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the EU, has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people. The YPG are the Syrian branch of the PKK.

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