Turkey agrees to support Sweden, Finland’s bid to join NATO

The leaders of Finland and Sweden met Turkey’s Erdogan on June 28 to break the deadlock.


Turkey “got what it wanted” from Sweden and Finland before agreeing to support their push to join the NATO defense alliance, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office said Tuesday.

“Turkey has made significant progress in the fight against terrorist organizations,” the Turkish statement said, adding: “Turkey got what it wanted.”

The two Nordic countries agreed to “fully cooperate with Turkey in its fight against the PKK” and other Kurdish militant groups, the statement said.

They have also agreed to lift their embargoes on arms supplies to Turkey, which were imposed in response to Ankara’s 2019 military incursion into Syria.

The two countries will ban “fundraising and recruiting activities” for the Kurdish militants and “prevent terrorist propaganda against Turkey,” Erdogan’s office said.

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has been waging a rebellion for decades against the Turkish state that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

The PKK is classified as a terrorist organization by Ankara and most of its Western allies.

But the group’s Syrian offshoot, the YPG, has been a key player in the US-led international alliance against the Islamic State group in Syria.

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