After lengthy negotiations, Turkey finally decided to reject Sweden’s offer to join NATO after a serious diplomatic incident. What will happen now?
The ship left for Sweden AND Finlandor at least that’s what the Turkish president hopes Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The last diplomatic incident between European countries could have serious repercussions for the entire western world.
Yesterday, Sunday, a far-right Swedish politician burned a copy of the Quran, the Islamic holy text. Although the measure was immediately condemned by the Swedish government, it broke the fragile ties between Sweden and Turkey.
«Relations with Turkey are very important to Sweden and we look forward to continuing the dialogue on common security and defense issues at a later date.» said the Swedish defense minister Pal Jonson.
But erdogan didn’t want to hear about it, saying on Monday that Sweden “shouldn’t wait» Turkey’s approval of its application to join NATO.
Sweden and Finland have been trying to join NATO sincerussian invasion ofUkraine. Historically neutral, the two Scandinavian countries sought to greater security against the Russian giant East.
To join NATO, however, a country needs theapproval from each member exist. There Perumember of the alliance since 1952 and its second largest army, threatened veto swedish and finnish entry unless conditions are met.
The already difficult negotiations they stopped abruptlyperhaps closing the door on the western alliance to Sweden.
Why Turkey Won’t Allow Sweden to Join NATO
One of conditions demanded by Erdogan for Sweden and Finland was the extradition of the “terrorists» Turks in their country of origin. These alleged terrorists are part of theKurdish ethnicitywhich is heavily oppressed by the Turkish regime.
Sweden and Finland have always said no never allowed Erdogan such extradition, because it would mean ending the lives involved. But the Turkish president insisted.
There are several reasons why Erdogan might act like a bully. As stated above, Turkey is the second strongest member of NATO (after the USA) and its army is not a force to be reckoned with.
NATO he needs turkish soldiersand Erdogan knows it.
Furthermore, Erdogan has a special relationship with the Russian president. Vladimir Putin. The two casually engage in friendly conversation and are close diplomatically in many international archives.
NATO not only needs theturkish intelligence against Putin, but Erdogan is also warning that if NATO ousts him, would switch sides mandatory for Moscow.
With Erdogan’s firm refusal to let Sweden in, the ball is in the court of washington. The U.Sde facto leader of NATO, must decide: they need more than sweden or turkey?
For Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the answer is obvious.
Article published in the international edition Morrischia.com on 2023-01-23 18:15:12. Original title: Turkey turns down Sweden’s offer to join NATO, will Finland be next?
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