Turkey postpones talks with Sweden and Finland on NATO membership indefinitely after Koran burning

The talks were scheduled for February, citing sources in Turkish diplomatic circles, the media reported.

This decision was made a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Sweden should not expect Ankara’s support for its NATO membership.

Sweden and Finland applied for NATO membership in May, but Turkey has set several conditions for both countries to meet before receiving Ankara’s support.

Turkey has demanded that Sweden extradite dozens of people, mostly Kurds, whom Ankara considers terrorists or complicit in the 2016 coup attempt.

However, the situation has been further complicated by the protest action that took place in Stockholm over the weekend, during which the right-wing extremist Rasmus Paludan burned a Koran at the Turkish embassy.

The Swedish authorities had allowed this protest action, despite Ankara’s objections.

Turkey and Hungary are the last NATO members that have not ratified the admission of Finland and Sweden to the alliance, but Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has promised that this will happen in February.

The article is in Latvian

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