The Finnish authorities did not comply with Turkey’s conditions for the Turkish side to approve the application for NATO membership – Helsinki did not transfer members of the Hizmet movement to Ankara at the request of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It is noted that the members of Hizmet are somehow connected with the Kurdish organization PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party), banned in Turkey.
In early June, Helsinki received a demand from Ankara consisting of 10 points, seven of them were satisfied. Finland extradited two people, however, as the newspaper notes, these people are in no way connected with terrorism.
Earlier, Erdogan said that the country will not approve the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO until the position of the republic is taken into account. Ankara categorically opposes the entry of these countries into the Alliance for a number of reasons. The main one is Stockholm and Helsinki’s support for the PKK, which Turkey considers terrorist. The Republic calls on candidates to join the bloc to immediately stop supporting the PKK.