Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said on Saturday that he had “open and direct” talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss Finland’s candidacy for NATO membership.
Erdogan has publicly questioned whether Finland and Sweden should be allowed to join the military alliance.
“We have stated that, as NATO allies, Finland and Turkey will work for each other for the security of each other, and our relationship will become stronger,” Niinisto wrote on Twitter after the call, according to epicnews.ro.
Finnish President tells Erdogan that Finland condemns terrorism and considers close dialogue with Turkey
“Finland condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. The close dialogue continues. ”
President Recep Erdogan has warned that Turkey refuses to admit Sweden and Finland to NATO. The Ankara leader made the statement on Monday, May 16, 2022.
Erdogan made the statement just after it was announced that Sweden and Finland would send a delegation to Turkey to negotiate with the Ankara regime on whether to join the Atlantic Alliance. Erdogan stressed that it was useless for representatives of Sweden or Finland to come to Turkey to persuade him.
The Erdogan regime accuses the two Nordic countries of granting asylum to PKK members, which Turkey claims are a terrorist organization. Turkey also accuses Sweden and Finland of tolerating the presence of subordinates of the cleric Fethullah Gulen on their territory. In this regard, President Erdogan claims that he initiated the coup attempt in Turkey in 2015.
Admission to Sweden and Finland must be accepted by all NATO members
“We will not give in to NATO’s membership” of Sweden and Finland, Erdogan warned, saying he would not accept them into NATO. “How can we trust them?” He asked himself.
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