Greek opposition accuses NATO chief of being Erdoğan’s ambassador
Nikos Androulakis, the leader of Greek opposition PASOK-Movement for Change condemned NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for acting like Turkey’s “ambassador” within the alliance, the Greek Reporter said on Tuesday.
“Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Mr. Stoltenberg has chosen to justify the authoritarian Erdoğan regime,” Androulakis said, criticising Stoltenberg for his recent statements on Turkish President’s objection to Sweden and Finland’s joining NATO, citing their alleged support for Kurdish terrorism.
Stoltenberg said Turkey had legitimate security concerns related to its opposition to Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership, Reuters reported on Sunday.
However, “It should be absolutely understood by everyone that it will be the last,” Androulakis said.
“He cannot be both Erdoğan’s ambassador and NATO Secretary General.”
Turkey is blocking the Nordic countries from becoming NATO members citing their alleged failure to combat Kurdish terrorism, in reference to operatives and sympathisers of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has fought a four-decade war for autonomy against the Turkish military, and a PKK affiliate in northern Syria. They should also lift an arms embargo, it says.
"These are legitimate concerns. This is about terrorism, it's about weapons exports," Stoltenberg said during a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in Naantali, Finland.
Everyone should remember and understand that no NATO ally has suffered more terrorist attacks than Turkey, NATO chief said.
“We have to remember and understand that no NATO ally has suffered more terrorist attacks than Turkey,” said Stoltenberg.