The world press gave wide coverage to President Erdoğan’s statement, “Open the way for Turkey in the EU, and let us pave the way for Sweden in NATO”. Foreign media organizations, President Erdogan’s historical statement last minute passed.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan went to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, to attend the NATO Heads of State and Government Summit. Posting on social media as soon as he landed in Vilnuas, President Erdoğan announced the condition for Sweden’s NATO membership. “I am calling out to the countries that have kept Turkey waiting at the door of the EU for over 50 years: First, clear the way for Turkey in the European Union; let’s clear the way for Sweden, just as we have paved the way for Finland,” Erdogan said. said.
THE WORLD PRESS WATCHED ERDOĞAN’S WORDS AT THE LAST MINUTE
President Erdogan’s historic rest aroused wide repercussions in the world press. Foreign press organizations passed the development at the last minute. President Erdogan’s exit was reported by The New York Times with the headline “Erdogan said the EU should ‘clear the way’ for Turkey before Sweden supports NATO Goal”. “The Turkish president’s surprising new request would frustrate other leaders in the military alliance the day before a high-profile summit,” the report said. it was said.
” SWEDEN CAN ENTER NATO IF EU MEMBERSHIP IS OPENED”
The German Der Spiegel instantly made the news headline. The magazine headlined “Erdogan: Sweden may join NATO if Turkey’s accession to the EU is cleared”. Spiegel wrote that Erdogan wanted to bring both situations together.
“A NEW UNCERTAINTY”
The AP news agency, on the other hand, served the news to its subscribers with the headline, “Erdogan said that Turkey could approve Sweden’s NATO membership if the Europeans ‘lead’ to Turkey’s EU membership.” “Erdogan’s surprise statement before going to a NATO summit in the Lithuanian capital added new uncertainty to Sweden’s bid to become the 32nd member of the alliance,” the report said. He emphasized that it was once again reminded that Sweden must fulfill its promises in Madrid. It was noted that President Erdogan linked Sweden’s membership to Turkey’s EU membership. On the other hand, after Erdogan’s words, the support from NATO was also included in the news.
“EUROPE NEEDS NATO ALLIANCE TURKEY”
Reuters also wrote that Turkey’s EU membership process has been frozen since 2005. While emphasizing that Europe needs Turkey, its NATO ally, Erdogan said, “I am calling from here to these countries that have kept Turkey waiting at the gates of the European Union for more than 50 years. First come, clear the way for Turkey in the European Union, then Finland.” We will pave the way for Sweden as we did in Turkey.” The words made headlines.
“ERDOĞAN’S RESTI COME JUST BEFORE THE PEAK”
Expressen, one of Sweden’s high-circulation newspapers, wrote that President Erdogan’s reprieve came just before the NATO summit. It was stated that all eyes are now on Erdogan’s meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson in Vilnius.
“SWEDEN’S NATO MEMBERSHIP IS DEPENDING ON TURKEY’S ACCEPTANCE TO THE EU”
While the Financial Times stated that Erdogan linked Sweden’s NATO membership to Turkey’s EU membership, “I am calling out to those who have kept Turkey waiting at the EU gate for more than 50 years, pave the way for Turkey, and we will pave the way for Sweden.” his words were noted.