STOCKHOLM (AA) – Türkiye has the right to defend itself against terrorism, Sweden’s foreign minister said Monday.
Türkiye “is a state that has been subjected to terrorist attacks, and all states have the right to defend themselves,” Tobias Billstrom told Sweden’s Expressen newspaper in Paris, where he was attending a donor conference for Moldova to help it deal with the impact of the Ukraine war and soaring food and energy prices.
Early on Sunday, Turkish forces launched Operation Claw-Sword, a cross-border aerial campaign against PKK/YPG in northern Iraq and northern Syria.
“It is important to avoid civilian casualties and civilian targets,” Billstrom noted.
Sweden and Finland formally applied to join NATO in June, a decision spurred by Russia’s war on Ukraine.
But Türkiye voiced objections to the membership bids, criticizing the countries for tolerating and even supporting terrorist groups.