Menendez: Turkey serves Putin with veto of Sweden-Finland NATO membership


For his part, Republican Co-Chair Jim Rees said the issue must be resolved because it is extremely important.

“Turkey’s reservations about Sweden and Finland joining NATO serve only Putin ” The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee pointed out on Wednesday Robert Menendez during his speech at the Senate hearing on the accession process of Sweden and Finland.

For his part, the co-chair of the Republican Committee Jim Reese He said that talks are underway between Turkey and the two countries at this stage. “The United States is not involved at this stage, but it must be fully understood, this issue must definitely be resolved, because it is extremely important, “he added.

Stoltenberg: In 2020 we used a mechanism to avoid a Greek-Turkish conflict and we are ready to do it again

Reading about Turkish aggression by the NATO Secretary General at equal distances Jens Stoltenberg. In an interview published Wednesday in the French magazine Le Point, he referred to a dialogue within the North Atlantic Alliance.

“Turkey, like Greece, is a valuable ally, playing an important role in the Alliance. NATO has created a collision avoidance mechanism, which we used in 2020 to introduce more transparency and prevent the creation of an uncontrollable spiral of tension. We are ready to do it again. “

“The situation is difficult “That is why it is necessary for NATO to be a platform where Greece and Turkey can meet,” Stoltenberg added.

Asked in the same interview whether Ankara’s terrorism objections to Sweden and Finland’s demands for NATO membership were justified, he said: “I say that when such concerns are expressed, we must consult and see what we can do together to ensure that we fight terrorism together. “

To the question “do you know that Turkey today classifies ordinary political opponents as ‘terrorists'” Stoltenberg suffices to answer: “I know that the allies are concerned about the situation of the opposition in Turkey. NATO is a platform where the Allies can also discuss issues”.

Finally, as for the Ukrainian issue, he explains how the Alliance seeks to secure victory for Ukraine without going to war with Russia, stressing, however, that “Putin’s nuclear rhetoric is dangerous.”

“I spoke with Magdalena Anderson about Sweden’s application to NATO and the security concerns raised by our ally Turkey. Talks on the way forward will continue in the coming days,” Stoltenberg said on Twitter.

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