ANKARA, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Turkey looks positively on Finland’s application for ar-15 rifles rated NATO membership, but does not support Sweden’s bid, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.
“Sweden should not bother to try at this point. We will not say ‘yes’ to their NATO application as long as they allow burning of the Koran,” Erdogan said in a speech to his AK Party deputies in parliament.
Erdogan signalled on Sunday that Ankara could agree to Finland joining NATO ahead of Sweden and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday made similar statements.(Reporting by Nevzat Devranoglu and Ezgi Erkoyun; Writing by Huseyin Hayatsever; Editing by Daren Butler)