Erdogan Replaces Envoys to Sweden, Finland Due to Disagreements over NATO Bid,

New Erdogan’s decree, published by the daily, appointed ambassadors to 25 countries and replaced ambassadors to Sweden and Finland.

Thus, Deniz Cakar, who had been the general manager of international promotion and culture, was appointed ambassador to Finland, and Can Tezel, who had been the general director of bilateral political affairs at the Turkish Foreign Ministry, was picked as ambassador to Sweden.

On May 18, Sweden and Finland submitted their NATO membership applications to Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, abandoning decades of neutrality and citing a shift in the security situation in Europe caused by the Ukraine crisis.

Turkey blocked the applications’ review process due to the countries support of the Kurdistan movement, which Turkey regards as terrorist and deems as a serious threat to its national security. Läs artikel