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Newsline: Turkey summons Swedish ambassador over Erdogan puppet

Turkey has summoned Sweden’s ambassador to Ankara following a demonstration in Stockholm in which a puppet of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was hung from its feet, a diplomatic source has said. Staffan Herrstrom, Sweden’s ambassador to Turkey, was summoned to the foreign ministry and Ankara’s reaction was conveyed to him, a Turkish diplomatic source said. “Our expectation that the perpetrators of the incident need to be identified, the necessary processes be carried out and Sweden uphold its promises was emphasised,” the source said. (https://www.msn.com/en-ae/news/world/turkey-summons-swedish-ambassador-over-erdogan-puppet/) Sweden applied to join Nato earlier last year and has been courting Turkey to back its bid for accession. Turkey said it would consider supporting Sweden’s application if it takes a clearer stance against what it sees as terrorists — mainly Kurdish militants and the organisation it blames for a 2016 coup attempt.

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