January 31, 2023

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Following the anti-Turkish protests in Sweden, Turkey canceled the visit of the Swedish defense minister

On Saturday January 21, Turkey announced the cancellation of a planned visit by the Swedish defense minister after Stockholm authorized an anti-Turkish demonstration in the country’s capital. “Arrival [de] Paul Johnson in Turkey on January 27 has lost meaning and meaning, so we have canceled the visit.Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Agar said. The purpose of the visit was to try to remove Ankara’s objections to Sweden’s entry into NATO.

An authorization granted to Swedish-Danish right-wing extremist Rasmus Balutan to demonstrate in front of the Turkish embassy in the Swedish capital on Saturday has angered Ankara. Rasmus expressed his desire forcefully “Burn the Quran” before the law. A pro-Kurdish demonstration is also planned in Sweden on Saturday. On Friday, Turkey summoned Sweden’s ambassador to Ankara “Condemn this provocative act, which clearly constitutes a hate crime, in the strongest terms”According to a diplomatic source.

The mannequin was hanged

It is the second time in a few days that Sweden’s representative in Ankara has been summoned by the Foreign Ministry, following the release last week of a video of a hanging mannequin labeled as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The staging was carried out by a group close to the Rojava Committee, an organization that supports Syria’s Kurds.

Turkey is blocking Sweden and Finland from joining NATO from May 2022. “Terrorists”, including the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its allies in northern Syria and Iraq. For Ankara, any possible progress depends on Swedish efforts to extradite those accused of terrorism by Turkey or those who took part in the 2016 coup attempt against Mr Erdogan.

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