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Swedish diplomat summoned to Turkish Foreign Ministry

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned the charge d’affaires of Sweden in Ankara. According to a diplomatic source on July 23, the reason for this was the terrorist propaganda of supporters of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Gothenburg.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry stressed that the perpetrators will be identified.

“The necessary legal and judicial measures will be taken, as well as concrete steps in the light of the obligations set forth in the Tripartite Memorandum,” RIA Novosti quoted a source as saying.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on July 18 that Ankara could slow down the process of joining countries if states do not comply with Ankara’s demands.

On June 29, the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance officially invited Finland and Sweden to join NATO. In the alliance’s summit declaration, such accession was indicated as a way to make states more secure, and NATO stronger. The Kremlin stressed that NATO is “a fairly aggressive bloc,” in connection with which the Russian Defense Ministry is developing emergency plans on the country’s western borders.

The day before, it became known that Turkey supported the invitation of these countries to become NATO members. According to the office of Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, a memorandum was signed between the three parties on an agreement on their entry into the alliance.

The countries agreed to step up cooperation in the fight against terrorism, including measures against the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey, the exchange of information and an extradition agreement. Prior to this, Ankara delayed the start of the accession process, expressing misgivings about Stockholm and Helsinki’s support for the PKK.

Applications for joining the North Atlantic Alliance by Finland and Sweden were submitted on 18 May. The Russian Foreign Ministry reacted critically to this decision.

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