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Turkey Receives No Response From Finland, Sweden on Extraditions

© Flickr / KLMirceaBosphorus Bridge and Turkish Flag
Bosphorus Bridge and Turkish Flag - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.08.2022
ANKARA (Sputnik) - Ankara has not received Sweden and Finland's responses on extradition of members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the organization of Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen (FETO), deemed terrorist by Turkey, and has sent a new application to the Nordic nations, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Saturday.
"We have not received a positive response to our extradition requests. We have sent the new application and reminded of our demands," Bozdag told reporters.
The minister said earlier this week that an extradited individual from Scandinavia "had nothing to do with terrorist crimes," and that Finland and Sweden did not satisfy the extradition requests set by Turkey.
Flags of Finland, left, NATO and Sweden, right, are displayed during a ceremony to mark Sweden's and Finland's application for membership in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday May 18, 2022. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the military alliance stands ready to seize a historic moment and move quickly on allowing Finland and Sweden to join its ranks, after the two countries submitted their membership requests. (Johanna Geron/Pool via AP) - Sputnik International, 1920, 12.08.2022
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