Skip to main content

Turkey blasts Sweden ahead of NATO chief's visit to appease Erdogan

Sweden's steps to gain Erdogan's approval appear not to have "cut the ice" thus far.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds a press conference at the NATO Summit on June 30, 2022, in Madrid, Spain.

Ankara has accused Sweden yet again of failing to fulfill its commitments under a trilateral memorandum signed in June together with Finland, whereby Turkey would ratify the Nordic countries’ memberships into NATO if they addressed its concerns on terror-related issues.

Briefing reporters Monday after a meeting of the executive committee of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), AKP spokesman Omer Celik said Sweden “makes very beautiful, elegant promises at the very highest level,” but they haven’t taken any concrete action so far.

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 per year.