Erdogan: Sweden and Finland's NATO bid is a 'no'

STORY: Finland and Sweden formally applied on Wednesday (May 18) to join U.S.-led NATO, a decision spurred by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Turkey's objections have come as a surprise to the other members of the alliance.

"We will continue our policy in a determined way. We have told allies that we will say no to Finland and Sweden's NATO membership," Erdogan said in an interview with students late on Wednesday.

The Turkish president said Sweden and Finland harbor and finance "terrorists" and supply them with weapons, repeating Ankara's accusation that the countries support groups that it deems terrorists, namely the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group and Syrian Kurdish YPG, which it also views as a terrorist group closely tied to the PKK.