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.
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.
Although not members of the alliance, Sweden and Finland are expected to apply for membership in response to the invasion of Ukraine and have therefore been invited to attend the meeting.
Accession would put an end to decades of neutrality between Sweden and Finland, dating back to the Cold War.
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that it was not possible for NATO member Turkey to support Sweden and Finland’s plans to join, saying the Nordic countries were “hosts of many terrorist organizations,” Reuters notes.
Although Turkey has officially supported enlargement since joining NATO 70 years ago, its opposition could be a problem for Sweden and Finland, given that the new members need a unanimous agreement.
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