Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that he will block NATO applications in Finland and Sweden and claim to be home to “terrorist organizations.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at NATO

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on May 25, 2017.Photo Alliance via Kanitofeld / Getty Images

  • The rise of Sweden and Finland to NATO membership was an obstacle on Friday.

  • The Turkish president said neither country would accept participation because it is the home of a “terrorist organization”.

  • All current NATO member states must agree to a new country to join the alliance.

The Turkish president has proposed to prevent Sweden and Finland from joining NATO.

Sweden and Finland are expected to apply for military alliance soon. This is a development caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

But Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he didn’t support their plans.

“We are following the progress on Sweden and Finland, but we do not have a positive view,” he said. According to Reuters..

“As Turkey, we don’t want to make similar mistakes. Moreover, Scandinavian countries are guesthouses of terrorist organizations,” Erdogan said.

NATO member countries can only participate if all existing members of the group unanimously agree to participate. That is, if Turkey does not approve participation, the application will be suspended.

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