Oct. 2 () –
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that Turkey will not ratify the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO until the two Nordic countries “keep” the promises they have made to Ankara.
During a speech in the Turkish Parliament, Erdogan said that his government “closely follows whether these promises are kept or not” and assured that the final decision will depend on the same chamber, according to Turkish public television TRT.
Turkey has accused both countries of supporting Kurdish armed groups and the organization of the cleric Fethullah Gülen, which the country qualifies as terrorist groups.
For European countries to join the Atlantic Alliance their applications must be ratified by all 30 NATO members, 28 of them have already done so while the vote is still pending in the parliaments of Turkey and Hungary.