Turkey has summoned the Swedish charge d’affaires to express its “strong reaction” after several demonstrations organized in Sweden at the initiative of Kurdish organizations considered terrorist by Ankara.
The Swedish charge d’affaires in Turkey was “summoned” on July 23 to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara to justify the use of “terrorist propaganda” for the benefit of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) during a demonstration in Sweden, a diplomatic source reported. The Swedish Foreign Ministry confirmed on July 24 that a “meeting” had taken place in the Turkish capital, without further comment.
Turkey accuses Stockholm, as well as Helsinki, of complacency towards the PKK and its allies whom it considers terrorist organizations and, for this reason, has imposed conditions on the entry of Sweden and Finland into the NATO.
“After learning of the terrorist propaganda made by PKK/PYD/YPG supporters in Gothenburg, Sweden on July 21, the temporary Chargé d’Affaires of the Swedish Embassy in Ankara was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs foreigners and our strong reaction [lui] was passed on,” explained the diplomatic source in Turkey.
In this context, Turkey requests that “the perpetrators of these acts be identified, that the necessary legal and judicial measures be taken and concrete measures”, continued this source.
The reaction of the Turkish ministry follows several demonstrations organized last week in Sweden to celebrate the “10 years of Rojava [soulèvement kurde en Syrie] and the memory of those who sacrificed everything for a better world”, according to a tweet from the Swedish Committee for Rojava.
Towards a new blockage by Ankara on the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO?
Ankara, which had been blocking the entry of these two Nordic countries into the Atlantic Alliance since May, signed a memorandum of understanding with them in June linking their membership to their fight against the Kurdish movements and their supporters on their soil.
But on July 18, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again threatened to “freeze” their membership, accusing Sweden in particular of not “taking its part” in the fight against terrorism and of “returning a bad image”. on this subject.
These new tensions on NATO enlargement come against the backdrop of threats for two months from Turkey to launch a new operation against the PKK in northern Syria to create a “safe zone” along its border.