Turkey says Sweden has yet to fulfill promise of extraditions

ANKARA, July 27 (Reuters) – Sweden has yet to extradite suspects wanted by Turkey on terrorism-related charges, despite signing a deal to lift Ankara’s veto on its membership of the NATO last month, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.

Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Both countries have faced opposition from Turkey, which accuses them of imposing an arms embargo on Ankara and supporting groups it considers terrorists.

The three countries have signed an agreement to lift Ankara’s veto in exchange for counter-terrorism promises, but Turkey has said it will block their membership applications if those promises are not kept. She asked for the extradition of 73 people from Sweden, and a dozen others from Finland. (Reporting Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay; French version Charlotte Lavin, editing by Kate Entringer)

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