After Russia's war against Ukraine, Sweden, which started to wait at the door of NATO membership, received Türkiye's veto with its scandals. Türkiye, one of the defenders of NATO's open door policy, gave the green light to Finland's membership. While Finland succeeded in entering NATO, Sweden is on hold because it could not get approval from Hungary and Türkiye.
For this reason, news about Türkiye frequently appears in the Swedish press. Finally, the Swedish newspaper Dagens Ntheter published a scandalous news about Sweden's NATO process that concerns Türkiye.
In the news article titled 'Here are the conflicts that threaten NATO from within', it was stated that Türkiye usurped Sweden's NATO membership process. "NATO's doors are open to Sweden. It was even informed that there was a rapid transition to the defense alliance. But Türkiye has usurped the membership process."
What Sweden calls 'extortion' involves a series of scandals in the country. Diplomatic sources in Türkiye often state that it is not opposed to NATO's expansion. Sweden, which stated that it accepted Türkiye's conditions in the three-way agreement signed in the past months, has not fulfilled these conditions and has not extradited the requested terrorist members to Türkiye.
In fact, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who made a statement at the time Finland joined NATO, called on Sweden and said, "We want to see you in NATO. So keep your promises to Türkiye."
The insolent attack on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the country and the protests by supporters of the terrorist organization PKK on the streets of Sweden have further escalated tensions.
The last straw was when Islamophobe Rasmus Paludan burned the Holy Quran in the middle of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. Although some in Sweden argue that this is 'freedom of expression', even Sweden's prime minister Ulf Kristersson said, "Freedom of expression is a fundamental part of democracy. But just because something is legal does not necessarily mean that it is appropriate."