Based on information from the Turkish government, President Erdogan thinks that Sweden is providing material assistance to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an organisation that has been designated as a terrorist organisation by the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union (EU) (YPG).
As quoted by the Express, a top Turkish official said: “We are very clear in our opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and have supported the NATO efforts to support President Zelensky and the Ukrainians.”
“We also do not object to Nato expanding, but if you want to be an ally, then you cannot supply weapons and aid to terrorist groups which are firing missiles at another Nato member. It’s not reasonable.”
“Sweden is supporting the PKK and YPG, which are Marxist groups attacking Turkey, and we cannot accept them as an ally while this is happening.”
To be admitted to NATO, a nation must get the unanimous consent of its other members, meaning that only one country has the power to reject an application.
According to a top Turkish government source, “This has been going on for a long time, but nobody has taken much notice.”
“Now everybody suddenly sees it as a problem because Sweden wants to join, but this is not a new problem.”
“At least now we can have a proper conversation about this and hold talks.
“But this will not be quick. It will take a long time.”