Turkey summons French, German envoys over PKK activities

Turkey has summoned ambassadors of France and Germany over the activities of the terrorist organization PKK on their territories, warning all NATO members, as well as Sweden and Finland, who wish to join the alliance, to end their ties and links with all anti-Turkey terror groups.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, in an interview with state-run Anadolu Agency, highlighted the recent rise in the activities of PKK and other terror organizations in the European countries, informing that French Ambassador Hervé Magro and German Ambassador Jurgen Schulz were summoned to the Foreign Ministry in protest of the PKK's recent demonstrations in these countries.

"They have been formally given a protest note as well," Çavuşoğlu stated.

He made these comments while explaining why Turkey is objecting to the admission of Sweden and Finland to NATO.

Both Scandinavian countries formally applied to join the alliance after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but Turkey says they should first meet Turkey's security concerns concerning their links with the PKK and its Syrian offshoot, the YPG.

"Our stance is very clear," Çavuşoğlu said, repeating that Turkey won't give a green light for their admission if they don't meet Turkey's demands that include concrete moves by Sweden and Finland about their political, military and economic supports to the YPG. These two countries don't extradite members of the FETÖ who are being prosecuted in Turkey, either, Çavuşoğlu noted.

On a question, Turkey's top diplomat recalled the efforts of NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg who invited the foreign ministers of two Nordic states and Turkey for a meeting at NATO. "We are not against diplomacy for the resolution of this problem. We thank the secretary...

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