The Swedish ambassador to Turkey had to answer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday for an action by Kurdish militants. They projected images on the Turkish embassy in Stockholm. According to Ankara, these are “terrorist propaganda images that are insulting to our president,” an anonymous source at the ministry said.
In a video on Twitter, the Swedish committee for Rojave had expressed support for the People’s Protection Units (YPG). That is the main Kurdish militia in Syria, and Ankara considers that group a terrorist organization. The undated video shows the images projected onto the facade of the Turkish embassy. These are images that denounce the ties Ankara would have with IS, and also the chemical weapons that the Turks would use against the Kurds.
The ambassador was asked that the perpetrators be identified and that the “necessary measures” are taken.
According to Ankara, Stockholm, like Helsinki as a NATO candidate country, is too soft for the Kurdish Workers’ Party PKK and allies such as the YPG. Turkey has been blocking the membership of the two Scandinavian countries since May. On a visit to Ankara, new Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson promised to formulate answers to Turkish concerns about anti-terrorism. That should pave the way for a Turkish approval.