Erdoğan says Turkey 'not ready' for Sweden in Nato

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Erdoğan says Turkey 'not ready' for Sweden in Nato
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) shakes hand with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (L) during a press conference in November 2022. Photo: Adem ALTAN/AFP

Turkey is not ready to let Sweden into Nato, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told CNN.


"As long as Sweden continues to allow the offshoots of terror groups in Turkey to roam free in Sweden, in the streets of Stockholm, we cannot look favourably on Sweden’s membership in Nato," he told CNN.

Sweden is hoping to become a fully-ratified member of the alliance at the Nato summit in Lithuania on July 11th-12th.


“We’re not ready for Sweden right now,” he added. “Because a Nato country should have a strong stance when it comes to fighting terrorism.”


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