Turkey's Erdoğan is urging Finland and Sweden to intervene in "state television"

On "state television," Erdoğan apparently refers to YLE as well as SVT in Sweden. The requirement is part of Turkey's list of requirements for the approval of Finnish and Swedish NATO applications.

Turkey's Erdoğan is urging Finland and Sweden to intervene in "state television"
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has previously made several demands for Finland's and Sweden's membership in NATO. At the Erdoğa press conference in Ankara on 8 June.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is urging Finland and Sweden to intervene in the activities of "state television" so that Turkey can accept their NATO membership, says the Turkish state news agency Anadolu.

- Turkey cannot accept Sweden's NATO membership, as its state television shows interviews with terrorist leaders. The same applies to Finland, Erdoğan said according to Anadolu.

On state television, Erdoğan apparently referred to Finnish Broadcasting Corporation and Swedish SVT.

Turkey has previously made demands to Finland and Sweden that Finland and Sweden should extradite the persons required by the country to Turkey. At a meeting of NATO ambassadors in May, Turkey presented a list of demands for members of the YPG and the PKK, mainly defined by Turkey as terrorists, and their alleged protection in Finland and Sweden.

Erdoğan has accused Finland and Sweden of "protecting terrorists".

Over the past five years, Turkey has asked Finland to extradite several members of the Gülen and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to Turkey.

Turkey has also demanded that Finland and Sweden lift their arms embargo on Turkey.

Turkey came to this week's NATO meeting with a long list of requirements as a condition for Finland's and Sweden's membership. Yle's foreign journalist Tom Kankkonen opens the background of Turkey's demands in the News Podcast.