Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that Turkey could still return to its veto on the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO during the ratification of the decision in Parliament if its demands are not met.
The Guardian reported about it.
After the NATO summit, Erdoğan called his memorandum with the Nordic countries a "victory" for Ankara, particularly the clause on the extradition of "terrorists" that Turkey links to Kurdish organizations or the movement of Erdoğan's opponent Feytullah Gülen, whom he holds responsible for the coup attempt.
Erdoğan says that if Sweden and Finland "renege on promises" in the memorandum, their membership will again be in question.
"First of all, Sweden and Finland must fulfill their obligations, they are spelled out in the text ... If this does not happen, then of course there is no option to refer the issue to parliament," he said.
Erdogan says Sweden has allegedly promised to extradite 73 people whom Ankara accuses of terrorism.
However, there are no figures in the text of the memorandum and there is no obligation to extradite them, only an agreement to consider Ankara's requests and take into account intelligence about them provided by Turkey.
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, commenting on the Turkish requests, assured that extradition without following all the proper procedures is out of the question. "We will always comply with Swedish law and international conventions, and we will never extradite Swedish citizens," she said.
Finnish President Sauli Niiniste also stressed that the country would be guided by national and international law. "Extradition is a legal procedure and politicians have no right to interfere in it," he said.