Turkish Pressure on Sweden and Finland Is An Increasingly Serious Threat to All Kurds Around the World

While everyone’s attention is focused on the process of ratifying NATO agreements with Finland and Sweden, the Kurds are seriously concerned by the willingness of Stockholm and Helsinki to follow the lead of Turkish President Erdogan and extradite at his request people who, allegedly, “maintain contacts with terrorists.”

In particular, the decision of the authorities was condemned by the Political Spokesman for the Kurdish Democratic Community Center ofNorway,AndamAso Aziz.

He believes, that the problem lies not only in the fact that now no one in the Kurdish community of Sweden and Finland can feel safe anymore, but also in the unpredictability of Erdogan’s demands.

And indeed, if initially it was a matter of extraditing only 33 people, then after a while the figure rose to 73, which was presented by the Turkish leader as a great “diplomatic victory for Ankara."

Recently, Erdogan went even further and said that almost all Nordic countries, including Norway, had become “nests of terror."

That being said, the agreement looks like a complete disgrace for Sweden and Finland.

While the agreement itself did not come as a surprise to the Kurds, it forced them to seriously reconsider their views on NATO.

According to Aziz, it was the Kurds who played a key role in the fight against ISIS, moreover, they have always supported Sweden and Finland in their quest for security, but now they feel abandoned.

Faith in NATO and the government of these states has been lost.

Sweden has caved in to a dictator like Erdogan and relinquished 200 years of sovereignty in international politics. Defending themselves against one dictator, they ally with another, while sacrificing an oppressed group of the population.

All of this raises serious concerns that Norway could be next to go down this path.

At the same time, after Sweden and Finland, it will not be difficult for Turkey to “put pressure” on Norway.

With each successful agreement, Erdogan becomes more brazen, and by agreeing to his terms once, Sweden and Finland have given the Turkish leader the opportunity to demand more.

In the current circumstances, everyone is interested in the answer to one very important question: “Will the Kurds really be extradited?”

As Aziz notes, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party has a rich long history and it is only natural that many support it. But this does not mean that all of them must necessarily be associated with terrorism.

It worth to be mentioned that citizens of Sweden and Finland also call for the government to delay the process as much as possible and not to extradite the Kurds to Turkey.

Tiejun Huang graduated from the Department of Foreign Languages of the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is currently doing an internship at the National College of Ireland.