The Government of Turkey said that it is not in a position to ratify Sweden’s accession to NATO

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File) (Burhan Ozbilici/)

Turkey “it is not in condition“to ratify Sweden’s entry into NATO for the moment, declared this Saturday Ibrahim Kalina close adviser to the president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“We are not in a position to send the (ratification) law to parliament, we have a real problem with this issue,” he said, stating that deputies could reject it.

On Friday, the Turkish government had once again warned Sweden that it has to fulfill its commitments to fight against groups and individuals considered terrorist by Ankara if it wants it to lift its veto on joining NATO, and demanded action from him and not just verbal condemnations.

“The presence and activities of the terrorist organization there continue (…) Sweden has promised to prevent them. There is an obvious truth. The terrorist organization and its supporters want to prevent Sweden from joining NATO”, denounced the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Ibrahim Kalin (REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File)
Ibrahim Kalin (REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File) (MURAD SEZER/)

Turkey summoned the Swedish ambassador in Ankara the day before to protest a rally outside Stockholm City Hall in which a group of Kurdish protesters simulated executing and hanging a doll symbolizing the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

They can’t get away just by condemning it” verbally, warned the minister during a press conference with his Italian counterpart, Antonio Tajani.

Swedish Prime Minister ulf kristerssondescribed as “very serious” the mock execution of Erdogan and said that it was a sabotage against the Swedish application to NATO.

Çavusoglu recalled that Turkey signed last June with Sweden and Finland, candidates to join the Alliance, a memorandum in which he put conditions to lift his veto, such as that both countries agree to extradite people considered terrorists by Ankara or end what he considers is giving them refuge.

The minister said Thursday’s protest by Kurdish groups was “a new provocation of the PKK/YPG in Sweden” (the respective initials of the Kurdish guerrilla active in Turkey), considered a terrorist by the European Union, and of the Kurdish militias in Syria, allied with the United States against the jihadist Islamic State.

In addition to summoning the Swedish ambassador, Turkey has canceled in protest the visit that the speaker of the Swedish Parliament, Andreas Norlen, was going to makeon January 17 to Ankara.

(With information from AFP and EFE)

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