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Relations Between Turkey and Sweden Deteriorate

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Tensions between Turkey and Sweden continue to escalate with no end in sight. The diplomatic dispute intensified last year when Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Turkey insists that for Sweden to become a NATO member it must unequivocally denounce what Ankara views as terrorists, such as Kurdish militants. The Turkish government is upset with Sweden for its support of the Kurds and for a weapons embargo the Scandinavian country placed on Turkey for its role in attacking Kurdish militias in neighboring Syria.

What was the catalyst for Sweden and Finland to apply for NATO membership?

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Erdogan to Sweden: Don’t expect Turkish support for NATO bid after protest

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Right-wing Quran burning in Sweden enrages Turkey and throws a new wrench in Nordics’ NATO bid


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Sweden’s Nato application imperilled after Koran burnt outside Turkish embassy


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Over 92% say no to Türkiye approving Sweden’s NATO bid: Twitter survey

Anadolu Agency

January 24, 2023

Erdogan warns Sweden on NATO bid after Quran burning protest


January 23, 2023


 Writing: Why does Turkey oppose Sweden joining NATO?

 Debate: Is it justifiable to burn a religious text for political purposes?

 Poll: Should Sweden be allowed to join NATO?

 Short Answer: What are the ramifications of Turkey blocking Sweden’s bid to join NATO?

News Quiz


Most Turks do not want Sweden to join NATO. (T/F)

Half the members of NATO oppose Sweden’s bid for membership. (T/F)

President Erdogan faces a tough reelection later this year. (T/F)

Multiple Choice

Why did Sweden place a weapons embargo on Turkey?

  1. Turkey attacked Kurdish militias in Syria.
  2. Turkey invaded several Scandinavian countries.
  3. Turkey provided nuclear weapons to Russia.
  4. Turkey blocked Sweden from joining NATO.

Which of the following countries are trying to join NATO?

  1. Norway and Denmark.
  2. Sweden and Finland.
  3. Germany and France.
  4. Spain and Portugal.

All the following have damaged relations between Turkey and Sweden EXCEPT.

  1. Kurds in Sweden hung an effigy of Turkish President Erdogan.
  2. A right-wing activist in Sweden burned the Quran.
  3. Sweden labeling Turkey a failed state.
  4. Sweden’s support for the Kurds.

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