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Turkey must be heard on Sweden, Finland considerations – POLITICO

The Turkish authorities has “legit considerations” over agreeing to confess Sweden and Finland into NATO, the safety alliance’s Secretary-Common Jens Stoltenberg stated throughout a go to to Finland on Sunday.

“These are legit considerations, that is about terrorism, it’s about weapons exports,” stated Stoltenberg alongside Finnish President Sauli Niinisto. “We now have to recollect and perceive that no NATO ally has suffered extra terrorist assaults than Turkey.”

Sweden and Finland each utilized to hitch the safety alliance in Could following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

However Turkey has since stated it opposes the accession of the 2 international locations because it accuses them of supporting terrorist teams, together with a Kurdish militant group that each the U.S. and the EU have additionally labeled a terrorist group.

Based on native media, Niinistö stated that Turkey’s opposition was a shock to him through the assembly with Stoltenberg at his summer time retreat exterior town of Turku.

Whereas Stoltenberg stated throughout a press convention that the 2 Nordic international locations have been “proper” to use to hitch NATO, he added {that a} leaders summit in Spain scheduled for the top of this month may not see a decision within the stand-off over their membership.

“The summit in Madrid was by no means a deadline,” Stoltenberg stated. “On the identical time, I want to see this solved as quickly as attainable.”



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