Swedish, Turkish regimes give mixed messages over NATO bid

Source: Deutsche Welle [German state media]

“Sweden insisted on Monday that it was in a ‘good position’ with Turkey in terms of its NATO membership. This claim came despite Ankara demanding Stockholm deport hundreds of “terrorists” and tensions arising from an effigy of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shown hanging in the Swedish capital. … At the same time, however, President Erdogan said that Sweden and Finland must extradite 130 people his government says participated in a 2016 coup attempt in Turkey. … Erdogan insists that the countries hand over a list of suspects, many of them Kurdish. Critics say that any connection to the attempted coup has been fabricated and that many of the people are on the list for supporting Kurdish nationalism.” (01/16/23)