July 4, 2022
Sweden and Finland have to comply with a recent memorandum signed with Türkiye to be part of NATO, the Turkish foreign minister said on Monday.
“If they do not comply, we will not accept them into NATO,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said during a live interview with Turkish broadcaster NTV.
He stressed the importance of the deal, saying: “For the first time, the YPG/PYD were added to a NATO document.”
When asked about how binding the memorandum is, Cavusoglu said: “First of all, they are committed to full cooperation with Türkiye in the fight against the PKK and its extensions.
“There is also a commitment to lift the defense industry embargo and restrictions, and to increase cooperation.”
He also pointed out the two Nordic countries’ commitment to fight terrorism and update their defense industry legislation.
“If these countries do not keep their word, we will take our steps accordingly,” he said.