Sweden’s response to President Erdogan’s NATO resentment: We want to return to a functioning dialogue with Turkey

Sweden’s response to President Erdogan’s NATO resentment: We want to return to a functioning dialogue with Turkey
Sweden’s response to President Erdogan’s NATO resentment: We want to return to a functioning dialogue with Turkey

After the racist politician Rasmus Paludan’s attack on the Qur’an, the tensions between Turkey and Sweden were tense. Reacting harshly to the Swedish administration, President Erdoğan said: “It is clear that he will no longer expect any benevolence from us regarding the membership applications to NATO.” At Turkey’s request, the tripartite mechanism meetings with Sweden and Finland for NATO accession were canceled indefinitely.


Following the developments, Swedish Prime Minister Kristersson, Foreign Minister Tobias Billström and Defense Minister Pal Jonson, Stockholmheld a joint press conference. Stating that Sweden had the most serious security problem after the Second World War, Kristersson said, “Some do not understand how serious Sweden’s participation in NATO is. Provocateurs are trying to prevent Sweden’s membership. We want to return to a functioning dialogue with Turkey. Turkey makes its own decisions, we have to respect that, we want to calm this process.” used the phrases.


Pointing out that Finland wants to join NATO together with Sweden, Kristersson said, “Finland still wants to join NATO together with Sweden. If Sweden is prevented from joining NATO, this will prevent Finland from joining NATO alone. does not constitute.” said. Referring to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s latest statements regarding Sweden, Kristersson said, “I will not comment on Erdoğan’s statement. I don’t think anyone interpreted it as ‘Erdoğan closed the door’.” claimed.


Stressing that he wanted to speak openly about Sweden’s NATO membership, Kristersson said: “28 countries have taken individual decisions about Sweden’s and Finland’s NATO membership, Turkey makes its own decision. Sweden is a working process for us to comply with the agreement between Finland and Turkey. It requires dialogue, and that’s not strange. Otherwise, it has consequences for Swedish security.”


Swedish Foreign Minister Billström referred to the burning of the Qur’an in front of the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm and said: “Burning of books has a very dark history. To state this is not to try to please Turkey. In Turkey and in Afghanistan, where protests are held There have been harsh reactions in other countries such as Pakistan and Pakistan. There have been voices on social media that want to boycott Swedish goods. The government is following the situation closely.” Swedish Defense Minister Jonson also stated that his efforts for Sweden’s membership in NATO will continue and this will add a lot to Sweden’s NATO security.


Rasmus Paludan, the leader of the Danish far-right Strict Direction Party, burned the Quran in front of the Stockholm Embassy in Sweden on January 21 in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, and no one was allowed to approach Paludan during the action held under the protection of the crowded police. The Swedish government’s permission to burn the Qur’an in Paludan was reacted by many Islamic countries, especially Turkey. Edwin Wagensveld, the leader of the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA) movement in the Netherlands, tore the Qur’an in an action he carried out alone in The Hague.

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