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Sweden denies providing any financial aid or military support to Kurdish groups or organizations in Syria, arguing that Turkey is using it to support its opposition to Sweden's and neighboring Finland's NATO bids.

Sweden is a major humanitarian donor to the Syrian crisis thanks to its global allocations to humanitarian organizations, Foreign Minister Anne Linde told Aftonbladet newspaper.

She noted that cooperation in the northeast of Syria is carried out primarily through the UN and international organizations.

Sweden does not provide targeted support to the Syrian Kurds or political or military structures in northeast Syria, but the population of these areas certainly takes part in these aid projects, she added.

Turkey listed five specific guarantees it is demanding from Sweden, including ceasing political support for terrorism, eliminating a source of terrorist financing, and ceasing military support to the PKK and its affiliated Syrian Kurdish group. The demands also include the lifting of sanctions against Turkey.

Turkey has been demanding the extradition of Kurdish fighters and other suspects since 2017, but has not received a positive response from Stockholm.

Among other things, Ankara claims that Sweden has decided to allocate $376 million to support Kurdish fighters in 2023 and provided them with military equipment, including anti-tank weapons and drones.

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to launch a new military operation in Syria to "secure" Turkey's southern border.

On Wednesday, a Swedish-Finnish delegation will visit Turkey to discuss Ankara's objections to the Nordic bid for NATO membership.

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