Erdogan calls on Sweden to stop PKK protests in exchange for joining NATO

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In exchange for approval of Turkey’s NATO application, Swedish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has requested Sweden to put a stop to protests in Stockholm by members of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

However, Erdogan stated that the Nordic country’s modification in terror legislation does not satisfy Ankara’s expectations as long as the PKK may demonstrate “freely” in the country, according to the Xinhua news agency.

Turkey has long stated that it will only accept Sweden’s NATO ambition at the next Vilnius summit if Sweden takes real actions to prevent anti-Türkiye “terror” activities in the nation, according to the statement.

The current developments in Russia were also reviewed during the phone chat, according to the statement.