Ankara (The Times Groupe)- Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on Monday talked about the NATO bids of Sweden and Finland, among other topics, diplomatic sources said.
The sources, who requested anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to media, added that global food security, energy security, bilateral relations, and developments in Syria and Ukraine were also discussed.
During the call, it was stated that a prolonged Ukraine-Russian war threatens global food security, and therefore poses severe challenges for the global economy.
According to sources, the Turkish side also stressed that if Sweden and Finland are to consider membership in NATO, it is essential to embrace NATO’s principles, which include the joint fight against threats, including terrorism.
Ankara will continue its resolute war on terror against the PKK/YPG, which threatens the territorial integrity of Turkey and Syria, the Turkish side emphasized.
Ankara launched a series of successful anti-terror operations across its northern Syrian border since 2016 in order to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and enable the peaceful settlement of residents there: Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018), and Peace Spring (2019).
The Turkish government has also said that if more is not done to address the cross-border PKK/YPG threat, it will intervene.
During its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – a terrorist organization recognized by Turkey, the US, and the EU – has killed over 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK.
Turkey also emphasized that it remains adamant about protecting its own interests in the Eastern Mediterranean and Aegean, as well as pursuing a constructive approach based on peace and stability.
The importance of returning to the negotiating table for a peaceful solution to the war between Russia and Ukraine was also stressed.
Over 4,000 civilians have been killed and nearly 5,000 others injured in Ukraine since the war began on Feb. 24. The real toll is believed to be much higher.
Approximately 6.7 million people have fled to other countries, while more than 7.7 million have been internally displaced, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).