Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that his nation is “not in favour” of Finland and Sweden joining NATO, meaning that Turkey may use its veto power as a member of the Western military alliance to block the two countries from joining.

Erdogan told reporters, “We are attentively observing events in Sweden and Finland, but we do not share their confidence.”

The Turkish president explained his decision by citing Sweden’s and other Scandinavian nations’ alleged support for Kurdish militants and other terrorists, whom Turkey considers to be terrorists. He also accused Greece, a NATO partner, of using the alliance against Turkey, saying that Ankara will not repeat the “mistake.”

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