Turkey will not support Sweden’s bid to join NATO: Erdogan

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday condemned Rasmus Paludan’s Koran-burning protest, saying it was an insult to everyone, especially Muslims. He also criticized the Swedish authorities for allowing a demonstration outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm.

Istanbul. Turkey’s president said Monday that Sweden should not count on Ankara’s support for NATO membership after weekend protests in Stockholm by anti-Islamist activists and pro-Kurdish groups. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday condemned Rasmus Paludan’s Koran-burning protest, saying it was an insult to everyone, especially Muslims. He also criticized the Swedish authorities for allowing a demonstration outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm. Erdoğan also criticized Sweden for pro-Kurdish protests, where demonstrators waved flags of various Kurdish groups, including the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

This organization has been waging an insurgency against Turkey for decades. The PKK is considered a terrorist group in Turkey, the European Union and the United States, but its symbols are not banned in Sweden. Erdoğan said, “So you will allow terrorist organizations to walk with impunity and then expect our support to join NATO? That’s not going to happen.” He was referring to efforts by Sweden and Finland to join the military alliance. He said that if Sweden would not respect Turks or Muslims, “they would not get any support from us on the NATO issue”.

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