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Turkey’s security concerns should be met “not in words, but in practice,” Ankara foreign minister says

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu meets with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday, May 18.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said it is “unacceptable” for countries that want to become NATO members to impose defense export restrictions and support organizations that threaten Turkey.

“There are security threats today, coming from different sources,” he said on Wednesday.

Some context: Turkey has said it would not support Finland and Sweden’s bids to become NATO members if they sanction the country. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the two countries of harboring members of the separatist militant Kurdistan’s Workers Party, or PKK, and supporters of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey accuses of masterminding a 2016 coup attempt, which Gulen denies.

“It is unacceptable for an ally that wants to be an ally to impose restrictions on another ally with defense products. What’s the reason? Our struggle with the PKK. They see the PKK as closer to themselves than us. Is this something acceptable?” Cavusoglu said.

After meeting US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday, Cavusoglu said Turkey’s concerns should be met, “not in words, but in practice.”“This applies not only to Sweden and Finland, but also to other allies,” he said.

The PKK has been designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

On Monday, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance must consider Turkey’s security concerns.

“Turkey is a valued ally, and any security concerns need to be addressed. We must stand together at this historic moment,” Stoltenberg said on Twitter after speaking with Cavusoglu.

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