Turkish party leader urges parliament to vote against Sweden’s NATO membership
ANKARA, October 24 – RIA Novosti. Chairman of the Motherland Party, Doğu Perinçek, evaluated Sweden’s NATO membership as “dangerous” for Turkey and called on the deputies of the Grand National Assembly to vote against this decision.
On Monday, the Turkish leader’s administration told RIA Novosti that Recep Tayyip Erdogan proposed to the Turkish Grand National Assembly to approve the protocol on Sweden’s NATO membership. The Motherland Party is a leftist movement with an anti-Western and anti-American orientation, following the attitudes of Turkey’s first President, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The party sees itself as the successor of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Socialist Party, founded in 1919. It is not represented in the Turkish Grand National Assembly, but it is an influential power in the country, especially in the regions.
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“Sweden’s admission to NATO is the expansion of NATO towards the east and north. NATO’s expansion in any direction is an aggravation of the threat to Turkey. Because NATO is not a security umbrella that protects Turkey, as systematic politicians say, but on the contrary It is a security umbrella that protects Turkey. It is a source of threat to Turkey from all fronts. It is the USA and NATO that point their weapons at Turkey in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean. It is the USA and NATO that attack Turkey together with the PKK (banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party). “The imposition of anti-production economy on Turkey by fanatic terrorist organizations in Northern Syria and Iraq is the USA and NATO, which put Turkey in a foreign debt of 600 billion dollars.” .
According to Perinçek, NATO expansion means increasing threats not only for Turkey, but also for Russia, Iran and even China, that is, Turkey’s allies in the fight against US imperialism.
“As the Motherland Party, we see Sweden’s acceptance into NATO membership as extremely dangerous for Turkey’s national unity and territorial integrity. Members of the Turkish Grand National Assembly cannot be representatives of NATO. Be Turkey’s confidant! Even if Turkey remains alone among 31 NATO members” Veto He must show the will to do so. “Moreover, it is clear that Hungary is also inclined to veto,” he said.
Finland and Sweden submitted their applications to join NATO in response to the events in Ukraine in May 2022. Finland became the 31st member of the alliance on April 4. Sweden’s application has not yet received final approval from the Hungarians and Turks. Sweden, a member of the European Union, agreed to hold talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in exchange for approving the application to help intensify Turkey’s EU accession process. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also stated that the issues of Sweden’s accession to NATO and Turkey’s accession to the EU “are not related to each other.” He said in August that he was optimistic that Sweden would join the alliance this autumn.
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