After a week of controversy over NATO, the Turkish president said they could give the thumbs up to Finnish membership.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey can accept Finland’s accession to NATO, according to Agence France-Presse.
– If necessary, we can give a different answer when it comes to Finland. Erdogan said in a televised statement on Sunday that Sweden will be shocked when we give a different answer to Finland.
Negotiations with Turkey over membership of Sweden and Finland in NATO have been very difficult thus far, and many observers have noted that the issue is now part of the Turkish election campaign.
And on Monday, Erdogan said that Sweden Turkish support cannot be counted on to his request for NATO after the Quran was burned outside the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm on Saturday.
On Tuesday, Turkey canceled a scheduled meeting with Sweden and Finland over the two countries’ requests to join NATO in February.
On the same day, Erdogan’s chief adviser said that Turkey had done so Discontinue further treatment NATO orders from Sweden and Finland.
Finland’s foreign minister, Pekka Haavisto, said Tuesday morning in an interview with Finnish television station YLE that Finland should “assess the situation” if it turns out that Sweden’s application will remain pending long into the future.
But after a few hours, Haavisto changed his mind and that Finland would still apply for membership with Sweden.
last spring Countries apply for membership in the defense alliance, but to get approval for it, all 30 NATO member states must agree to the application.
Almost everyone approved of the app, however Turkey in the back They kept the two countries on the torture seat.
In order to agree to the states, the Turkish president made a wide range of demands on the Swedes, including the handover of the Kurds residing in the country.
Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Christerson described the situation as “dangerous”.
– There is no more important security issue for Sweden than we, together with Finland, soon became a member of NATO, he said during Press conference on Tuesday.
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