Turkey summons French and German envoys for PKK activities

ANKARA

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

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

“They also officially received a protest note,” Çavuşoğlu said.

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

The two Scandinavian countries formally requested to join the alliance after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but Turkey said they would first have to address Turkey’s security concerns over their ties to the PKK and its Syrian branch, the YPG.

“Our position is very clear,” Çavuşoğlu said, repeating that Turkey will not give the green light to their admission if they do not meet Turkey’s demands, which include concrete steps from Sweden and Finland regarding their admission. political, military and economic support for the YPG. These two countries also do not extradite FETÖ members who are being prosecuted in Turkey, Çavuşoğlu noted.

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On a question, the head of Turkish diplomacy recalled the efforts of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who invited the foreign ministers of two Nordic states and Turkey to a meeting at NATO. “We are not against diplomacy for the resolution of this problem. We thank the Secretary General for his efforts. But we have already given these two countries a formal document on our demands. We cannot hold another meeting until we receive a response,” he said.

Çavuşoğlu, on a question, pointed out that Turkey might be “relatively” more willing for Finland to join the alliance.

Turkey sent two letters to the UN on Greece’s measures

The head of Turkish diplomacy also detailed the recent escalation with Greece, which continues to militarize the islands whose demilitarized status must be preserved in accordance with international treaties of which Turkey and Greece are part.

“Greece has changed the status of these islands. Greece should demilitarize these islands. Otherwise, a discussion on sovereignty [of these islands] will start,” he said.

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Turkey has submitted two separate letters to the UN in an attempt to explain Greece’s illegal movements in the Aegean Sea, Çavuşoğlu informed, highlighting Athens’ growing anti-Turkish acts, including efforts by the prime minister Greek Kyriakos Mitsotakis to dissuade US Congressmen over the sale of F -16 fighter jets to Turkey.

Lavrov will be in Turkey on June 8

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Regarding the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, Çavuşoğlu pointed out that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will visit Turkey on June 8 to discuss in particular the establishment of humanitarian corridors for the shipment of wheat and other agricultural products from Ukraine in order to avoid a major global food crisis.

“Lavrov will come here with a military delegation,” he said, informing that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has asked all Turkish state institutions to prioritize this issue after his talks with the Russian and Russian presidents. Ukrainian, Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky, respectively, last night. .

“We informed Ukraine about Lavrov’s visit and reaffirmed that our doors are also open to them,” the foreign minister said.

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