Linde, who met with Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu at the Informal Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Berlin, the capital of Germany, evaluated his country’s decision to apply for NATO membership.
“We could not reach a solution in the negotiations with Turkey last night and we decided to continue diplomatic negotiations,” Linde said.
Noting that they could not come to an agreement with the Turkish side “because of the formation in northern Syria,” Linde said, “We accept that the PKK is a terrorist organization. We do not think the same about the formation in Northern Syria, neither do many NATO countries. Like the USA and other NATO countries, we do not agree. We talked to Kurdish organizations in Northern Syria,” he said.
In his statement before entering the NATO meeting, Minister Çavuşoğlu emphasized that Sweden and Finland clearly support the PKK/YPG and said, “This negatively affects the feelings of our people, despite all our warnings before our eyes. Therefore, a country that will be an ally is clearly PKK/YPG.” They should not support the terrorist organization that attacks us every day, martyrs our soldiers, our police, and martyrs our civilians,” he said.