Turkey tells US it wants 'concrete steps' from Finland, Sweden for NATO bids

31/5/2022 12:55:00 AM

Turkey tells US it wants 'concrete steps' from Finland, Sweden for NATO bids

Turkey tells US it wants 'concrete steps' from Finland, Sweden for NATO bids

ANKARA: A chief adviser to Turkey\u0027s president told his US counterpart that Turkey wanted \u0022concrete steps\u0022 on the existence of what it calls \u0022terrorist organisations\u0022 in Finland and Sweden before it would consider their NATO bids, the Turkish presidency said. US national security adviser Jake Sull

LinkedIn ANKARA: A chief adviser to Turkey's president told his US counterpart that Turkey wanted"concrete steps" on the existence of what it calls"terrorist organisations" in Finland and Sweden before it would consider their NATO bids, the Turkish presidency said.https://str.Copy to clipboard https://str.Read now Please verify your e-mail to read this subscriber-only article in full The gift link for this subscriber-only article has expired.

US national security adviser Jake Sullivan and Ibrahim Kalin, chief foreign policy adviser to President Tayyip Erdogan, spoke on Monday to discuss the NATO bids and the war in Ukraine , the Turkish presidency said in a statement.Turkey has objected to the two countries' joining the Western defence alliance on the grounds that they harbour people linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group and others it deems terrorists, and because Finland and Sweden halted arms exports to Turkey in 2019.Experts and activists suspect it's not a coincidence, believing that some entrepreneurs want to get rid of unwanted rubbish sometimes imported from Europe.In a statement, the Turkish presidency said Kalin had told Sullivan in a phone call that nations wanting to join NATO must"internalise the alliance's values and principles on security and counter-terrorism".Israel's National Security Council said in a statement that Teheran could be looking to harm Israelis in Turkey and classified it as a"high-risk country"."It was emphasised that it is imperative for Sweden and Finland to take concrete steps regarding the terrorist organisations that threaten Turkey's national security," it added.One burned for more than 50 hours, spewing toxic black smoke over the area wedged between the mountains and the Sea of Marmara.The White House said Sullivan in the call"expressed support for Turkey’s continued direct talks with Sweden and Finland to resolve concerns over their applications for NATO membership, which the US strongly supports.99/month for the first 3 months.

" Sweden and Finland have said they condemn terrorism and are open to dialogue.She is concerned about the polluting dioxin emissions from a dozen similar fires within a 5km radius in less than two years.Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's office, which oversees intelligence agency Mossad, has declined to comment on the assassination but Bennett said on Sunday that Teheran would"pay the full price" for instigating attacks on Israelis.All 30 NATO members must approve plans to enlarge the alliance.Erdogan said in comments published in The Economist on Monday that Turkey's commitment to NATO was unchanged, and he called on allies to focus their efforts on"persuading" the candidate countries.There was a fire every three days in Turkey's plastic reprocessing plants on average last year."Sweden's and Finland's uncompromising insistence on joining the alliance has added an unnecessary item to NATO's agenda," he said."There is no authority in Ankara that can be told what to do by any country that is unwilling to fight terrorism.'Plastic lobby' Over the same period, Turkey became the leading importer of European plastic waste - ahead of Malaysia - after China banned imports at the start of 2018.

" Sullivan also"reiterated the importance of refraining from escalation in Syria to preserve existing ceasefire lines and avoid any further destabilisation," the White House said.Source: Reuters/ec.Much of this waste ends up in the south of the country, especially in Adana province, where companies operating illegally have been closed down in recent years.

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