Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, told CNN that he is still not prepared, to endorse Sweden‘s membership in NATO. He repeated his assertion, that Stockholm had allowed terrorist organizations, to harbor in the country.
In an exclusive interview, with CNN’s Becky Anderson, Erdogan stated that he cannot look, favorably on Sweden’s membership ambition because “as long as Sweden continues to allow the offshoots of terror, groups in Turkey to roam free, on the streets of Stockholm,” he can’t look favorably on, Sweden’s membership bid.
The most important, backdrop is that Erdogan has long accused Sweden of providing a safe haven for militants affiliated with the outlawed, Kurdistan Workers Party, which is considered a terrorist organization in Turkey, Sweden, the United States, and Europe.
Erdogan has stated that he, desires for these people to be deported, but Stockholm has made it quite plain that, this will not take place. The impasse has prevented NATO membership for Sweden, despite the fact that Finland, another Nordic nation, has made significant headway in the process and became a full member of the alliance just last month.
Some officials in the West and observers in the Middle East have claimed that the allegations of terrorism provide cover for Erdogan to avoid engaging with the NATO question, which might potentially irritate Russian President Vladimir Putin at a politically awkward time.
CNN quoted Gonul Tol, an academic with the Middle East Institute’s Turkey program, as saying in, March that Russia threw Turkey a financial lifeline after other countries put sanctions on Ankara and that Putin continues to be an attractive partner in Turkey’s efforts to reconstruct after the earthquake. Tol made these statements.
Putin, who has long worked, to weaken NATO’s authority, was dealt a setback when Finland, was accepted into the security, alliance led by the United States. Before beginning his invasion of Ukraine, he insisted that the bloc, halt any further growth plans.
In its place, the invasion, persuaded formerly non-aligned countries such as Finland and Sweden, to renounce their neutrality and seek security within NATO.
If at some point in the future, Sweden is accepted into the alliance, this will dramatically, alter the current state of security, in northeastern Europe and add a considerable amount of territory to NATO’s border with Russia.
The admission of the two, Nordic nations would be the most major geopolitical impact of the Ukraine war, changing the strategic security picture, in northern Europe, and adding hundreds of miles of direct NATO, borders with Russia. This would be a huge consequence, of the conflict in Ukraine.
Even during the most difficult, moments of the Cold War, neither country appeared to feel, the need to join the Western military alliance for many decades, despite their proximity to the giant to their east. This was the case, even while the Cold War was at its most intense. This year, though, everything changed, when Vladimir Putin sent tanks moving across, the border into Ukraine in the month of February.
On Sunday, Swedish Prime Minister, Magdalena Andersson referred to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as “illegal and indefensible,” expressing concern, that Moscow may do something comparable “in our immediate vicinity.” On the same day, President of Finland Sauli Niinisto gave an interview to CNN.