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Turkey will oppose Sweden’s membership in NATO after Stockholm protest sees Quran burned

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his nation will oppose Sweden’s bid to affix NATO, citing pro-Kurdish protests in Stockholm this weekend.

Turkey has lengthy faulted Sweden for its tolerance of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, a bunch Turkey, the U.S. and the E.U. have condemned as a terrorist group. Rasmus Paludan, a Swedish politician, burned a Quran exterior the Turkish embassy throughout a protest this weekend, and the PKK joined different pro-Kurdish teams in a separate protest.

“It is obvious that those that allowed such vileness to happen in entrance of our embassy can not anticipate any charity from us concerning their NATO membership software,” Erdogan stated Monday. “So you’ll let terror organizations run wild in your avenues and streets after which anticipate our assist for stepping into NATO. That’s not taking place.”

“They gained’t see any assist from us on the NATO problem,” until Sweden begins respecting Turkey’s views, he added.

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference, in Ankara, Turkey, on May 14, 2022. 

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks throughout a information convention, in Ankara, Turkey, on May 14, 2022. 
(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

A protestor prepares to jump on a banner with the image of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a demonstration organized by The Kurdish Democratic Society Center in Sweden, as Sweden seeks Turkey's approval to join NATO, in Stockholm, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. (Christine Olsson/TT News Agency via AP)

A protestor prepares to leap on a banner with the picture of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan throughout an indication organized by The Kurdish Democratic Society Center in Sweden, as Sweden seeks Turkey’s approval to affix NATO, in Stockholm, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. (Christine Olsson/TT News Agency by way of AP)

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Sweden and Finland had been invited to hunt NATO membership in 2022 following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Each new member have to be authorised by unanimous consent, nonetheless, and Turkey is the only real nation opposing Sweden’s membership.

The PKK has been working as an rebel group in northern Syria harassing Turkey for many years.

Sweden introduced modifications to its anti-terror legal guidelines in an try to deal with Turkey’s considerations in June 2022, however Erdogan was not glad.

Erdogan demanded final week that Sweden deport roughly 130 PKK members that he has deemed terrorists.

Andreas, 39-year-old, member of the Swedish solidarity committee for Rojava is reflected next to a car carrying an effigy of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on January 16, 2023, in Stockholm, Sweden. - Their action threw another spanner in the works of Sweden's efforts to join NATO and pro-Kurdish activists who hanged on January 11, 2023 an effigy of Turkey's president in Stockholm argue their "provocation" was in the name of free speech. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) 

Andreas, 39-year-old, member of the Swedish solidarity committee for Rojava is mirrored subsequent to a automotive carrying an effigy of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on January 16, 2023, in Stockholm, Sweden. – Their motion threw one other spanner within the works of Sweden’s efforts to affix NATO and pro-Kurdish activists who hanged on January 11, 2023 an effigy of Turkey’s president in Stockholm argue their “provocation” was within the identify of free speech. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) 
(Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP by way of Getty Images)

“We stated look, so in the event you do not hand over your terrorists to us, we won’t go it [approval of the NATO application] by the parliament anyway,” Erdogan stated on the time. “For this to go the parliament, to start with, it’s a must to hand greater than 100, round 130 of those terrorists, to us.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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