Green foreign policy expert Jürgen Trittin has sharply condemned Turkey’s blocking of Sweden’s accession to NATO.

Jürgen Trittin from the Greens criticizes Turkey’s attitude towards Sweden’s accession to NATO. “Turkey’s attitude of denial towards Sweden weakens NATO,” Trittin told the “RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland” (RND). Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking “all other NATO partners hostage for his election campaign”.

“That’s shabby behavior,” but it doesn’t come as a surprise, said the foreign policy spokesman for the Greens in the Bundestag. Turkey is increasingly becoming a security risk for Europe and the transatlantic alliance. Turkey is not only blocking NATO expansion, but is also breaking the arms embargo against Libya and is looking for gas in EU waters. After burning a Koran at a rally in Stockholm over the weekend, Erdogan wants to block Sweden’s accession to NATO.