The Turkish Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar, criticized Sweden and Finland, candidates for NATO membership, on Tuesday in Prague for not fulfilling the agreed commitments to smooth their entry into the bloc military man.
Turkey and Hungary are the only ones among the 30 members of the Alliance that have not yet ratified the accession of the two Scandinavian countries, although Budapest hopes to give its go-ahead in one of the first parliamentary sessions of the new year.
Sweden and Finland do not fulfill their commitments of the memorandum (signed last June). We expect concrete steps to end support for terrorist organizations,” Akar said during a visit to the Turkish embassy in Prague.
Turkey initially vetoed the extension, considering that they maintained a too tolerant policy towards the Kurdish armed organizations, but at the NATO leaders’ summit held in Madrid last June Helsinki, Stockholm and Ankara agreed on a memorandum of understanding to unblock the situation.
Ankara Continues to Criticize
After half a year, Ankara continues to criticize that both countries continue not to do their homework, and do not expel more than a hundred alleged Kurdish terrorists.
The former head of the Turkish armed forces stressed that “the fight against terrorism is an issue that Turkish citizens follow with sensitivity”, although he added that Ankara welcomes the expansion of NATO.
Akar met today in Prague with the Czech Prime Minister, Petr Fiala, with whom he discussed the war in Ukraine and how to achieve the stabilization of the country.
“Nobody has an interest in the conflict generated by the Russian aggression spreading,” Fiala said on his Twitter account after the meeting with the Turkish minister.
This article is originally published on quepasamedia.com