December 7, 2022

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“Shame on the president”: Turkey orders Swedish ambassador

“Contempt against the President”
Turkey appoints ambassador to Sweden

Turkey continues to oppose the question of Sweden joining NATO. Now the new allegations are straining the relationship between the two countries. In Stockholm, “terrorist” images were displayed on the Turkish embassy building.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned Sweden’s ambassador to Ankara on Monday. In doing so, Turkey wanted to condemn the fact that “images with terrorist propaganda and insults against our president (…) have been projected on our embassy in Stockholm,” according to Turkish embassy sources. Groups linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) are responsible.

Turkey responded to a video posted by the Swedish Rojava Committee on Twitter on Monday. Rojava is a self-declared, semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Syria. The group supports the YPG, a Syrian-Kurdish organization that Turkey classifies as a terrorist organization.

The undated video shows the images being displayed on the facade of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm. They are intended to show alleged links between Turkey and the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) and Ankara’s alleged use of chemical weapons against Kurdish fighters. According to Turkish diplomatic sources, Ankara is demanding that “the perpetrators of these actions be identified and necessary measures be taken.”

The PKK is at the center of a dispute over Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership. Ankara has accused Sweden in particular of harboring “terrorists” and called for the deportation of many PKK members in an agreement signed with Sweden and Finland in June.

Sweden and Finland decided to apply for NATO membership as a result of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. However, Turkey has been preventing the two countries from joining a military alliance since May. Earlier this month, Sweden announced that it would amend its constitution to allow tougher anti-terror laws. This would allow Stockholm to meet one of Ankara’s key demands.

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