Finland and Sweden, due to the events in Ukraine, on May 18 handed over to the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance applications for membership in the organization. Turkey opposed the start of the process of consideration of these applications. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan made a statement that Ankara could not accept the membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO, as it could not believe their assurances about ties with representatives of the PKK banned in Turkey.
Turkey’s objection to Sweden’s and Finland’s membership in NATO can certainly be described as a decisive step, taken in the name of all members who have hitherto been targets of terrorism. Turkey believes that these countries should support the counter-terrorism operations that will be carried out by NATO members. Terrorism is a threat to all member states, and candidate countries must understand this fact before joining the organization, Erdogan said.
Earlier, SM-News reported that Zakharova criticized the words of the head of the British Foreign Office about Russia’s “harmful influence” on the Balkans.