Swedish PM vows firmer stance in search for Turkey's approval for NATO bid

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[1/2] Prime Minister of Sweden Ulf Kristersson attends a quality league aft the gathering of premier ministers and heads of authorities during The 74th Ordinary Session of the Nordic Council successful Helsinki, Finland November 1, 2022. Lehtikuva/Vesa Moilanen/via REUTERS

ANKARA, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Sweden's caller premier curate vowed connected Tuesday a firmer stance connected warring transgression and coercion during a sojourn to Turkey wherever helium volition question the support of President Tayyip Erdogan for his country's bid to articulation NATO.

Sweden and Finland applied to articulation NATO successful May successful effect to Russia's penetration of Ukraine. But NATO subordinate Turkey raised objections, citing information concerns related to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and different groups, and implicit the Nordic states' prohibition connected arms exports.

The 3 countries signed a memorandum successful June that lifted Turkey's veto portion requiring Sweden and Finland to code its remaining concerns.

"I deliberation the caller authorities volition person an adjacent firmer attack successful (relation to) the NATO exertion from Sweden," Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson told reporters successful Ankara during a sojourn to the Turkish parliament.

"One of this government's main priorities is warring crime, warring organized crime, warring the transportation betwixt organized transgression and terrorism," helium said.

Erdogan, who has antecedently accused Sweden of harbouring PKK militants, was acceptable to big Kristersson astatine the statesmanlike palace aboriginal connected Tuesday, with a quality league scheduled for 1530 GMT.


Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom said connected Saturday his country's new authorities would region itself from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia successful its bid to triumph Turkey's enactment for its rank of the Western defence alliance.

Turkey views the YPG arsenic an hold of the PKK, which launched an insurgency against the Turkish authorities successful 1984 and is designated arsenic a violent radical by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.

Sweden, on with the United States and respective different NATO countries, has supported the YPG successful its combat against Islamic State. Turkey has vowed to artifact Sweden's exertion if it doesn't stop.

The exertion has been approved by 28 of NATO's 30 countries. The Nordic countries said this week they were optimistic that Hungary would besides driblet its objections.

"Sweden wants to articulation NATO to heighten our ain security, but Sweden besides wants to beryllium a information supplier for others," Kristersson said.

"Turkey has precise morganatic demands connected each caller NATO subordinate to beryllium a existent information supplier besides for the different allies."

In a missive sent a period ago and seen by Reuters, Stockholm told Ankara it had taken "concrete action" to code Turkey's concerns, including stepping up counter-terrorism efforts against Kurdish militants.

Reporting by Mert Ozkan and Daren Butler; Editing by Ece Toksabay and Gareth Jones

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