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Turkey says it opposes NATO membership for Finland, Sweden

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey does not have a “positive opinion” on Finland and Sweden joining NATO and accuses Scandinavian countries of harboring outlawed Kurdish militants.

“We do not have a positive opinion. Scandinavian countries are like a guesthouse for terror organizations,” Erdogan tells journalists after Friday prayers in Istanbul.

Erdogan says Turkey’s former rulers “made a mistake” by giving a green light for Greece’s NATO membership in 1952.

“We, as Turkey, do not want to make a second mistake on this issue,” he says.

The Turkish leader accuses Scandinavian countries of sheltering members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the far-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).

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