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Erdogan: Turkey told NATO about its red lines

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan remarked on Thursday that he warned the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) about his country's "red line" concerning terrorism before signing a memorandum of understanding with Finland and Sweden.

"Turkey has made clear that if [Kurdish organizations] PYD [Democratic Union Party]/YPG [People's Defense Units] and FETO [Fethullah Gulen Organization] are not clearly designated as terrorist organizations in NATO documents, Ankara will not change its stance. As a result, they [Finland and Sweden] were forced to accept our conditions," he told reporters.

Turkey previously voiced its opposition to Finland and Sweden joining NATO because of their alleged support for Kurdish organizations that Ankara considers terrorist ones. The three countries later came to an agreement, and Helsinki and Stockholm signed the accession protocol.

Baha Breaking News (BBN) / JR