Turkey's President Erdogan warns Sweden on Nato support after Koran burning
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Sweden on Monday that it should not expect his country’s support to join NATO after an anti-Islam politician set fire to the Koran in Stockholm.
Convicted far-right leader Rasmus Paludan, 41, was allowed by Swedish police to burn the book outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm on Saturday.
‘Sweden should not expect support from us for NATO,’ President Erdogan said in his first official response to the incident.
He continued: ‘It is clear that those who caused such a disgrace in front of our country’s embassy can no longer expect any benevolence from us regarding their application for NATO membership.’
The incident has met with fury from Turkey, as protestors were pictured burning a Swedish flag in response in Istanbul on Saturday.
Turkey had appealed to Sweden to stop the protest and called off a visit by Sweden’s defence minister Pal Jonson.
Erdogan said the burning of the Muslim holy book was a hate crime that could not be defended by free speech.
‘No one has the right to humiliate the saints,’ he said in nationally televised remarks.
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