Before Turkey approves Sweden and Finland’s NATO request, they must first hand over around 130 people Ankara claims are ‘terrorists’.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Sunday January 15 that before NATO requests from Sweden and Finland can be approved by Ankara, they must first hand over around 130 ‘terrorists’.

Since offers to join the military alliance were submitted last May, Turkey has continued to block its entry. Before any new nation can join, all current full member countries must agree, according to NATO rules. Hungary must also ratify the requests.

Ankara officials have made several political demands on the two Nordic neighbors. These include the extradition of Erdogan critics and Kurdish citizens they consider ‘terrorists’ linked to the PPK. The current arms export embargoes must also be lifted.

Speaking late on Sunday night, Erdogan said of the situation: “We said look, so if you don’t hand over your terrorists to us, we can’t pass it (the approval of the NATO request) through parliament anyway. For this to happen in parliament, first of all, more than 100, around 130 of these terrorists have to be handed over to us.”

swedish prime minister Ulf Kristersson insisted last week that Ankara already demanded conditions that Stockholm could not meet.. Politicians in Helsinki expressed concern that Erdogan’s comments were a reaction to an incident in which a The life-size effigy of the Turkish president was hung on a pole in the Swedish capital last week..

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