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Türkiye to not back Sweden’s NATO bid until it takes action against PKK — top diplomat

Geopolitics Materials 13 January 2023 12:32
Moscow, Russia TASS
Türkiye to not back Sweden’s NATO bid until it takes action against PKK — top diplomat

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has warned Sweden that Ankara will not support its NATO membership bid unless it takes decisive measures to counter the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), recognized as a terrorist organization in Türkiye.

"The PKK is laying a mine for Sweden's membership in NATO. If the Swedish government does not respond appropriately to such actions, we will not provide the answer that Sweden is waiting for regarding its NATO membership bid. That's how open and clear it is. Sweden must make its choice," Cavusoglu said during a TRT TV broadcast.

The top diplomat recalled that Ankara expected Sweden to honor its memorandum on combating terrorist organizations, a condition for Türkiye's approval of Stockholm’s NATO membership bid. The document was signed last June on the sidelines of the Madrid-hosted NATO summit.

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