Sweden, Finland plan to discuss NATO membership with Turkey

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THE Sweden and Finland plan to discuss with the Turkey tomorrow Saturday in Berlin after the opposite stance expressed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the possible integration of the two Nordic countries in NATOannounced the Foreign Ministries of the two countries.

Swedish Foreign Minister Anne Linde “will have the opportunity to discuss a possible Swedish candidacy” with her Turkish counterpart during an informal meeting of NATO ministers to which Sweden and Finland are invited, she told AFP. .

“I hope that we will continue to have positive messages from all 30 NATO member countries. “Many of the 30 allies have expressed strong public support for Sweden and Finland.”

“The Turkish government has not sent us this kind of message directly,” she said.

The accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO would be a “mistake”, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier today.

During a press conference in Helsinki at the same time, Finnish Foreign Minister Peka Haavisto also announced his intention to “continue the discussion” with Turkish Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoλουlu.

“I think we need to be patient in these processes and this is not happening overnight … Let ‘s go step by step,” he said, noting that Finland had not yet officially announced its bid to join NATO.

Erdogan’s statement today seems to have come as a surprise to Helsinki, as Haavisto has visited Turkey twice in recent months and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto spoke by telephone with Erdogan in early April.

Following the phone call, Niinisto wrote on Twitter: “Turkey supports Finland’s goals.”

Joining a new member of the North Atlantic Alliance requires unanimity. Thus, Turkey can block the candidacies of the two Nordic countries, which are expected to be announced in the coming days.

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