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Turkey: Sweden 'can no longer expect’ Ankara's support in NATO bid after Stockholm protest - Erdogan03:36

Turkey: Sweden 'can no longer expect’ Ankara's support in NATO bid after Stockholm protest - Erdogan

Турция, Ankara
23 январь, 2023 в 23:46 GMT +00:00 · Опубликовано

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed the burning of a Quran by a right-wing activist outside the Turkish Embassy in Sweden could have implications for the country’s NATO bid, while speaking in Ankara on Monday.

"The outrageous act in Sweden is an insult to all those who respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of people, especially Muslims," he said. "Those who encourage or condone this heresy have undoubtedly calculated its consequences."

"It is clear that those who caused such a travesty to take place in front of our country's Embassy can no longer expect any good from us regarding their applications for membership in NATO," he continued.

The protest, by Rasmus Paludan, leader of the Danish Hard Line party, took place on Friday, alongside a local police presence.

Sweden and Finland need Ankara’s support to join the NATO alliance, while Turkey has previously told both countries they needed to do more to tackle Kurdish group which it considers 'terrorist organisations'.

"Since you love, defend and protect the members of terrorist organisations and the enemies of Islam so much, then we advise them to delegate the defence of their countries to them," Erdogan continued.

"If you respect rights and freedoms so much, you will first respect the religious faith of the Republic of Turkey or Muslims. If you do not show this respect, I am sorry, you will not receive any support from us on the NATO issue," he concluded.

Turkey and Hungary remain the only two members of the NATO alliance not to have ratified the membership bids from the Nordic countries. Both Sweden and Finland signed a trilateral deal with Turkey to overcome the country’s objections. However, Stockholm has said it could not meet all the conditions set by Ankara.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed the burning of a Quran by a right-wing activist outside the Turkish Embassy in Sweden could have implications for the country’s NATO bid, while speaking in Ankara on Monday.

"The outrageous act in Sweden is an insult to all those who respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of people, especially Muslims," he said. "Those who encourage or condone this heresy have undoubtedly calculated its consequences."

"It is clear that those who caused such a travesty to take place in front of our country's Embassy can no longer expect any good from us regarding their applications for membership in NATO," he continued.

The protest, by Rasmus Paludan, leader of the Danish Hard Line party, took place on Friday, alongside a local police presence.

Sweden and Finland need Ankara’s support to join the NATO alliance, while Turkey has previously told both countries they needed to do more to tackle Kurdish group which it considers 'terrorist organisations'.

"Since you love, defend and protect the members of terrorist organisations and the enemies of Islam so much, then we advise them to delegate the defence of their countries to them," Erdogan continued.

"If you respect rights and freedoms so much, you will first respect the religious faith of the Republic of Turkey or Muslims. If you do not show this respect, I am sorry, you will not receive any support from us on the NATO issue," he concluded.

Turkey and Hungary remain the only two members of the NATO alliance not to have ratified the membership bids from the Nordic countries. Both Sweden and Finland signed a trilateral deal with Turkey to overcome the country’s objections. However, Stockholm has said it could not meet all the conditions set by Ankara.