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The Turkish Motherland Party has called for opposition to Sweden’s membership in NATO.

The Turkish Motherland Party has called for opposition to Sweden’s membership in NATO.

The leader of the Turkish Motherland Party, Dogu Perincek, on his Twitter page called on the deputies of the Grand National Assembly (parliament) of the country to vote against the ratification of the protocol on Sweden’s membership in NATO.

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Sweden’s accession to NATO will be possible after Turkey is admitted to the EU. Later that day, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Erdogan had agreed “as soon as possible” to send papers to ratify Sweden’s NATO bid to the Turkish parliament. Numan Kurtulmus, Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, said on Wednesday that no deadline has yet been set for the Turkish Parliament to ratify Sweden’s application to join NATO.

“Open message to distinguished MPs: US and NATO are a source of threats to Turkey. NATO expansion will exacerbate threats against Turkey. It is the duty of MPs to oppose the government’s approval of Sweden’s NATO membership and vote no,” Perincek tweeted.

The Motherland Party is a left-wing movement, which stands on the positions of the first president of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, has an anti-Western and anti-American orientation. The party considers itself the legal successor of the Socialist Party of Workers and Peasants, founded in 1919. It is not represented in the Turkish parliament, but is an influential force in the country, especially in the regions. He advocates the recognition of Crimea as Russian and active integration into Eurasian projects.