President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Turkey still has concrete expectations from Sweden and Finland regarding its concerns about terrorist groups, as the two countries pledged to meet Ankara’s demands to become NATO members.
“We’re waiting for responses to our extradition requests and the two countries should not expect Turkey to make compromises,” Erdoğan told a live broadcast on TRT Monday.
He continued by saying that the two countries should not expect Turkey to support their NATO accession unless they prevent terrorists from carrying out anti-Turkey activities.
Erdoğan also said Ankara is also disturbed about Germany, France, Italy and others’ stance regarding Ankara’s counterterrorism concerns. He noted that Swedish and Finnish delegations had mentioned that other European countries have a similar stance.
Regarding Turkey’s planned cross-border operation, the president said Syria has become a nest for terrorist groups and that Russia and Iran need to decide on their stance.