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According to a deal that removed Ankara’s objections to the two Nordic countries’ NATO membership ambitions, Turkey said it would now demand for the extradition of 33 “terror” suspects from Finland and Sweden.

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The justice minister stated that Turkey would ask them to “fulfill their promises”.

Both Finland and Sweden have been charged by Ankara with harboring extremist Kurds.

Late on Tuesday night, the Nordic countries decided to “handle Turkey’s pending deportation or extradition demands of terror suspects swiftly.”

In May, in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Finland and Sweden expressed their intention to join the 30-member Western defense alliance.

At first, Turkey threatened to veto their application, but following four hours of negotiations at the NATO summit in Madrid, the three nations came to an agreement.

Before the meeting is through, Nato officials are anticipated to formally invite Finland and Sweden to join.

The NATO expansion was denounced by Russia as a “strictly destabilizing element.”

According to the Interfax news agency, Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, “the Madrid summit reinforces the bloc’s aim towards aggressive containment of Russia.”

Terrorists’ extradition would be sought, according to Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag.

He urged Finland to extradite six PKK members and another six members of the Fethullah Gulen organization, an exiled Turkish cleric.

Additionally, Turkey is requesting the extradition of 10 Gulenists and 11 PKK members from Sweden.

The PKK, which was founded in the late 1970s and demanded an autonomous Kurdish state within Turkey, started an armed uprising against the Turkish government in 1984.

Turkey, meanwhile, holds the Gulenists accountable for the 2016 failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

While the EU, US, and the UK label the PKK as a terrorist organization, they do not do the same for the Gulen movement.

Sweden and Finland have not yet responded publicly to the Turkish request.

In the trilateral agreement signed on Tuesday, Helsinki, Stockholm, and two additional Kurdish organizations with bases in Syria—the YPG and PYD agreed to “block actions of the PKK” and refrain from supporting Gulenists.

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Additionally, the two nations agreed to remove their prohibitions on exporting arms to Turkey.

Sauli Niinisto, the president of Finland, stated that the three nations signed the agreement “to offer their full support against threats to each other’s security,” while Magdalena Anderson, the prime minister of Sweden, described it as “a really important step for Nato.”

The office of President Erdogan claimed that it “got what it desired.”

The accord, however, was criticized by Kurdish activists.

It was a “dark day” for Sweden, according to Swedish MP Amineh Kakabaveh, who is of Iranian Kurdish origin.

She asserted that Stockholm was merely offering the Kurds as a sacrifice.

Sweden will end more than 200 years of non-alignment by joining NATO.

Finland became neutral after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Soviet Union during World War Two.

 

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