Turkey has not received expected support from NATO allies, Erdogan says

ANKARA, May 23 – RIA Novosti. Turkey has not received the expected support from its NATO allies either in defense or in the fight against terrorism, President Tayyip Erdogan said.
“Turkey has not received the support it expected from its allies, neither in meeting its defense needs, nor in its 40-year fight against terrorism. Our country has been repeatedly subjected to overt and covert sanctions, threats, pressure and blackmail,” Erdogan said. , speaking at the ceremony of towing the Khizirreys submarine and the first welding of the Selmanreys submarine at the Golcuk shipyard.

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Turkey wants to see concrete steps from NATO, not diplomatic statements to combat terrorism, President Tayyip Erdogan said.
“As a country that pays the price for NATO, we want to see concrete steps, not open diplomatic statements,” he said.
Turkey cannot “put aside” Stockholm’s sanctions against Ankara when discussing Sweden’s NATO membership, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said.
“While the vital role we play in NATO and the international organizations of which we are members is clear, some of our allies are still talking about the lifting of sanctions. We cannot put aside the Swedish sanctions against us,” Erdogan said.
Earlier, the Financial Times wrote that Turkey blocked the start of the process of considering the application for Finland and Sweden to join NATO. Erdogan said that Ankara cannot say “yes” to the membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO, because it cannot believe their assurances about relations with representatives of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party banned in Turkey. If Turkey agrees, NATO, according to Erdogan, “will not be a security organization, but will become a place where there will be many representatives of terrorists.” Countries cannot be accepted into an alliance without the unanimous approval of all its members.

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Translation by RJ983

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