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Sweden Blocking Turkish Man’s Extradition Is ‘Very Negative,’ Ankara Says


ANKARA (Reuters) – Sweden’s Supreme Court blocking the extradition of Bulent Kenes, a Turkish man, is a “very negative” development, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Tuesday, as Stockholm seeks Ankara’s approval for it to join NATO.

Mevlut Cavusoglu was speaking at a news conference in Ankara. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan last month singled out Kenes as a person Ankara wants extradited from Sweden as a condition for Ankara’s approval for Stockholm to join NATO.

Kenes is a journalist whom Ankara says is a member of the organisation that it accuses of orchestrating a 2016 coup attempt.

(Reporting by Huseyin Hayatsever; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Ece Toksabay)

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