Turkey’s leader again says ‘no’ to Sweden and Finland’s NATO bid despite Biden’s warm words

U.S. President Joe Biden met the leaders of Sweden and Finland on May 19, after the two countries formally applied to join U.S.-led NATO.on Wednesday.   To join the alliance, the two nations need the support of all 30 NATO…

Turkey's leader again says 'no' to Sweden and Finland's NATO bid despite Biden's warm words

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U.S. President Joe Biden met the leaders of Sweden and Finland on May 19, after the two countries formally applied to join U.S.-led NATO.on Wednesday.
 
To join the alliance, the two nations need the support of all 30 NATO member states. But the move has been consistently opposed by Turkey. Leaders of both Nordic countries mentioned Turkey’s concern in their speech.
 
Turkey has accused both Sweden and Finland of hosting suspected militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a group it views as a terrorist organization.
 
Ankara is insisting that any new candidates for NATO membership recognize its concerns about Kurdish militias — both inside Turkey and across its borders in Syria and Iraq. Turkey demands that
Sweden and Finland publicly denounce not only the PKK, but also its affiliates before both can join the bloc.
 
Turkey accepted Greece’s return to NATO in the 1980s, after a 1974 war over Cyprus, and is keen not to repeat what the officials say is now viewed in Ankara as a mistake.

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