President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized Sweden for allowing
terrorist sympathizers and others to freely carry out provocations,
saying that Stockholm should not expect support from Türkiye on its
NATO bid following offensive demonstrations by both groups over the
Speaking to reporters following a cabinet meeting in the capital
Ankara on Monday, the president slammed Danish-Swedish anti-Islam
activist Rasmus Paludan's demonstration, where he burned a copy of
the Quran in front of the Turkish Embassy and delivered a
hatred-filled speech with permission from Swedish authorities, and
under police protection.
'If you don't respect the religion of Türkiye or Muslims, you
won't get any support from us on NATO,' he said, noting that it is
evident that Sweden should not expect Ankara's support for its NATO
bid after authorizing such a shameful scandal in front of the
'That is not happening,' he said, adding that if Sweden prefers
terrorist sympathizers and Islamophobes, then Türkiye suggests they
should let them defend their country too.
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