Posted: 26.01.2023 10:30:00

Bloomberg: US trying to blackmail Türkiye out of fear of Russia

The United States is pressuring Türkiye to change its position on Finland and Sweden joining NATO for fear that the delay will play into the hands of Moscow, RIA Novosti reports


Bloomberg quotes a senior Turkish official as saying, “The United States warned Türkiye that Congress may not approve the sale of fighters [F-16] if Ankara does not ratify the applications of Sweden and Finland to NATO.”

The material of the publication also underlines that delaying negotiations on the accession of new members to the alliance is in Russia’s interests, so NATO is concerned about Türkiye’s refusal to ratify the application.

This situation enables Ankara to settle the existing differences with the northern countries over the Kurds, follows from the publication.

Recently, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said there would be no progress on Sweden’s admission to NATO until Stockholm put an end to the terrorists operating in the country. On the same day, the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the Swedish Ambassador to Ankara and protested to him in connection with the propaganda in Stockholm of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), banned in Turkey, against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.