Erdogan has stated that Turkey will not allow Sweden and Finland to join NATO.

Erdogan has stated that Turkey will not accept Sweden and Finland into NATO.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Monday that he will not approve Sweden and Finland joining NATO, according to the state news agency Anadolu.

The Swedish foreign ministry stated on Monday that senior delegates from Helsinki and Stockholm will visit Turkey "soon" to examine Ankara's reservations to Sweden's NATO membership.

However, Erdogan stated that the diplomats should not come to Turkey in order to persuade Ankara to endorse their NATO aspirations.

"First and foremost, we would not say 'yes' to people who impose sanctions on Turkey in order for it to join NATO, a security organization," Erdogan stated. "Neither country takes an open, unambiguous attitude against terrorist organizations," he continued, calling Sweden a "incubation center for terrorist organizations."

The two Nordic nations have confirmed that they will apply to join NATO, putting an end to decades of military nonalignment in a historic step prompted by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Turkey expressed its opposition to the two countries joining NATO last week, accusing them of aiding Kurdish insurgents it deems terrorists and neglecting to extradite scores of alleged "terrorists."

"Countries who sponsor terrorism should not be allies in NATO," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday, according to Anadolu. Turkey also asked that Finland and Sweden "stop assisting terror groups," according to him.

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