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NATO enters emergency meeting after Turkish opposition to Sweden, Finland’s bids

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The NATO chief will convene an emergency meeting following Turkey’s opposition to Sweden’s and Finland’s candidacies.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has announced that he will convene a meeting in Brussels in the coming days with senior officials from Sweden, Finland and Turkey to discuss Turkey’s opposition to the two countries’ accession to the alliance.

NATO wants emergency meeting after Turkish opposition to Finland and Sweden’s accession, especially since there is a strong consensus

“I am in close contact with President Erdogan of Turkey and the leaders of Finland and Sweden,” Stoltenberg told a news conference in Washington, attended by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, according to epicnews.ro.

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The US Secretary of State said that there was “a strong consensus within NATO in general to support the rapid accession of Sweden and Finland to the alliance” and said he was confident that this would happen.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s adviser says his country “does not close the door” on Finland and Sweden joining NATO.

Tayyip Erdogan’s adviser Ibrahim Kalin said his country was not opposed to Finland and Sweden joining NATO.

He said they raised the issue “as a matter of national security” for Turkey, due to the presence of “many terrorist organizations” in the Nordic countries, according to jurnalul.ro.

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Speaking to Reuters, Kalin pointed to Stockholm as a troubled area.

Turkey’s position on Finland and Sweden’s decision to join NATO comes amid NATO meeting in Berlin

Sweden and Finland are attending an informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin on Saturday.

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