Hurriyet Daily News
May 13, 2022

Turkey not in favor of Finland, Sweden’s admission to NATO: Erdoğan

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on May 13 that Turkey was not in favor of the plans by Sweden and Finland to join NATO, saying that the two countries were “home to many terrorist organizations.”

“We are following developments concerning Sweden and Finland carefully, but we are not in a positive mindset,” Erdoğan told reporters.

The previous governments in Turkey made a “wrong” decision in accepting the NATO membership of Greece, the president said. “And you know the attitude of Greece against Turkey with NATO behind it. As Turkey, we do not want to commit the second mistake in this regard,” he added.

“Moreover, the Scandinavian countries, unfortunately, are almost like guesthouses for terrorist organizations. PKK, DHKP-C are nested in the Netherlands and Sweden. I go further, they also take part in the parliaments there. It is not possible for us to have a positive look,” Erdoğan stated.

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“The YPG is what the PKK is. It is not possible for us to accept this mistake of America,” he said and noted that all the recent U.S. administrations have given all kinds of financial support to the YPG in northern Syria.

“Although we told these to all the incoming administrations, they did not listen to us, and this process continued,” he said.

“I’m telling openly and clearly, you saw the Claw-Lock operation right now. We will continue to do the same in northern Syria as we did in the north of Iraq. We will continue on our way with the same determination, regardless of who is behind them, against organizations that are hostile to us,” Erdoğan stated.

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Hurriyet Daily News
May 13, 2022

Turkey slams US over Syria move

The United States’ decision to exempt YPG-controlled areas in northern Syria from American sanctions is discriminatory and aims to legitimize the PKK/YPG terror organization, Turkey’s diplomat has said.

…Turkey has long been opposing the U.S. partnership with the YPG as it is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK, a terror organization acknowledged by the U.S., the EU and U.N.

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Çavuşoğlu’s statement came days before he is set to visit Washington and hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. The two men will meet on May 18.

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In a bid to avoid the repetition of…attacks, necessary actions, including freezing the assets, should be taken against the PKK-affiliated persons, Çavuşoğlu said, adding, “In this regard, some steps had been taken by France, but we see that they are not sufficient.”