NATO: Sweden and Finland in standoff
Erdogan offers treaty ratification in exchange for Kurdish exiles
Russian President Vladimir Putin is on an official visit to Tehran today. In Iran he will hold his fifth meeting with the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and a three-way summit with Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In this situation, Ankara will mediate to get the grain out of Ukraine, at the same time reaffirming its role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Diplomatic relations are quite volatile at this stage. This is evidenced by Erdogan's nonchalance in calling into question Turkey's green light for Sweden and Finland to join the Atlantic Alliance. Ankara is demanding the implementation of the pact signed at the NATO summit in Madrid in late June.
In short, the extradition from the Nordic countries of members of the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), whom the Turks consider terrorists. In return, Erdogan will bring the document signed with NATO allies to Parliament for a vote and ratification. Without this, in fact, Sweden and Finland cannot join the Atlantic Alliance. Unless an equally attractive offer comes along such as F-16s or participation in the U.S. F-35 program.
On the same topic see also the article published by AVIONEWS.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency