May 16, 2022 17:25 GMT
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Turkish President Recep Erdogan has restated his opposition to the NATO accession plans of Sweden and Finland.
- Speaking a short time ago, Erdogan said of a proposed joint Finnish and Swedish foreign minister visit to Turkey: 'They say they will come to persuade. Sorry but they should not bother.'
- Erdogan: 'We would not say yes to those who impose sanctions on Turkey joining NATO.'
- Erdogan also maintains his assertion that Sweden and Finland lack a clear stance against terrorism and Sweden, in particular, is 'nestling ground' for terrorists.
- This is a reference to the alleged support provided by Stockholm to various Kurdish groups, including the PKK, designated as terrorist organisations by Ankara.
- NATO has an 'open door' policy but applicant states require unanimous approval from members.