Erdogan is still opposed to the expansion of NATO to the north

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, in Kazakhstan. Photo: Vyacheslav Prokofiev/Pool Sputnik Kremlin/AP/dpa

Turkey is still not paving the way for Sweden and Finland to join NATO. He hopes for more progress at the next Sweden-Finland-Turkey meeting in Stockholm at the end of November, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday after his first meeting with new Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson in Ankara. Sweden wants to join NATO for its own security – it is only right if it does everything to help Turkey with its security.

Kristersson said his country would fully comply with the memorandum signed at the end of June, including the memorandum on fighting terrorism. “Sweden will honor all the commitments it made to Turkey in the fight against the terrorist threat – both before its NATO membership and as a future ally,” he said at a press conference alongside Erdogan.

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