FM Çavuşoğlu calls Sweden, Finland to settle Turkey’s security concerns

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said if Sweden and Finland want to be NATO members, they should understand the security concerns of an ally and act in a way to eliminate those concerns.

“We say that alliances cannot be made with countries that support terrorism and impose restrictions on our country regarding the NATO memberships of Sweden and Finland. We don’t have any hidden agenda,” Çavuşoğlu said speaking in central Eskişehir province on June 2.

Reiterating Ankara’s position that Turkey supports the expansion of NATO, Çavuşoğlu asked, “But will the country that supports the terrorist organization that attacked us become an ally?”

“If you’re going to be an ally, we understand your concerns. You also need to understand the concerns of the allies, it is not enough to understand, it must be resolved,” Çavuşoğlu said.

He expressed Turkey’s criticism that some countries impose restrictions on defense industry exports against the country on the grounds of Turkish military operations against the PKK and YPG groups.

“That is our struggle against terror,” he said and stressed that restrictions should be taken against “enemies” and the counties that have problematic relations.