Turkey has blocked talks on Finland and Sweden’s entry into NATO, in accordance with sources quoted by Middle East Eye.

Two sources instructed the London-based information outlet that Turkey has blocked the beginning of negotiations over the 2 Nordic international locations’ NATO membership, which have been as a result of begin on Thursday, at a gathering in Brussels on Wednesday.

Turkey is reported to be blocking the 2 international locations’ bid to hitch the alliance due to what it sees as their lax angle in direction of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants, who’re thought-about terrorists by Ankara. The PKK, which has been combating a battle for independence towards the Turkish state since 1984, can be listed as a terrorist group by the U.S. and the European Union.

As the potential for a Finnish and Swedish bid for NATO admission firmed up in latest weeks, Turkey has repeatedly stated it will oppose the 2 international locations’ entry. The cause, Ankara stated, was Sweden’s historical past of internet hosting members of the Kurdish militant teams. On Monday, it emerged that Sweden and Finland had refused Turkey’s request for the extradition of a number of individuals thought-about by Ankara to have hyperlinks to the PKK and what it refers to because the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ).

The Turkish president’s objection has the facility to dam the 2 Nordic international locations from becoming a member of the alliance, as any new member must be accepted by all 30 NATO international locations —together with Turkey.

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Turkey’s President and chief of the Justice and Development (AK) Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech throughout his get together’s group assembly on the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) in Ankara, on May 18, 2022. Sources cited by the Middle East Eye stated Turkey has blocked the beginning of talks on Finland and Sweden from becoming a member of NATO.
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