Kurds demonstrate against the Turkish government in the Swedish capital of Stockholm.
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Sweden and Finland have officially applied for NATO membership. But Turkish President Erdogan is filibustering. How true is his claim that both countries support terrorist organizations?
“A fish only comes back to life when caught in a net” is a Turkish proverb, and it describes quite well the position of the Turkish government on the possible NATO membership of Sweden and Finland – or at least what comes out of it. In recent days, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu have repeatedly accused both states of supporting terrorist organizations, specifically: the Kurdish Workers’ Party PKK, the Gülen movement and the Kurdish militia YPG in Syria.
Even though the attitude of the West towards these organizations is different, Ankara has long been embarrassed by them. As the two northern European countries desperately seek to join the defensive alliance in the face of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, the Turkish government seems to have found leverage to bring the “fish” to their senses. .