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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – The new Swedish government will distance itself from the Kurdish YPG militia as it tries to get Turkey’s approval to join NATO, the Swedish foreign minister told Swedish radio on Saturday. .

The Syrian Kurdish militia YPG and its political branch PYD are considered by Turkey as extensions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which launched an insurrection against Turkey in 1980 and is considered a terrorist group by Turkey. United States and the European Union.

Sweden, as well as the United States and several other NATO countries, have supported the YPG in the fight against the Islamic State.

Cependant, la Turquie s’est engagée à bloque la demande d’adhesion de la Suède à l’NATO si elle ne cesse pas de soutrin la milice.

“Il ya un lien trop étroit entre ces organization et le PKK (…) pour que cela soit bon pour les relations entre nous et la Turquie,” said the Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom on Swedish radio.

“The main objective is the accession of Sweden to NATO,” he declared.

This decision intervened quelques jours seulement before Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson returned to Ankara to try to convince Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to let Sweden join the military alliance.

Sweden and Finland requested to join NATO earlier this year as a direct result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The request was approved by 28 of the 30 NATO countries. Les pays nordiques ont declarée cette semaine qu’ils étaiten optimistes que la Hongrie abandonnerait également ses objections.

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