Turkey’s blocking of Sweden and Finland’s NATO memberships could last

Turkey’s blocking of Sweden and Finland’s NATO memberships could last

Turkey’s blocking of NATO membership applications from Sweden and Finland may not be resolved in time for the Alliance summit scheduled for the end of the month, the secretary general of the NATO said on Sunday. ‘NATO, Jens Stoltenberg.

He said that NATO “work hard” to solve problems “legitimate“raised by Turkey.

Jesn Stoltenberg had previously insisted that both countries would be welcomed”with open arms“, but Turkey blocked their applications.

Ankara accuses them of offering refuge to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a group classified as “terrorist“by Turkey and its Western allies.”I would like this issue to be resolved as soon as possible.“, Mr. Stoltenberg said Sunday at a joint press conference in Finland with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto. However, “the Madrid summit was never a deadline“, he assured.

“Legitimate Concerns”

At the beginning of June, during a visit to Washington, Mr. Stoltenberg had declared that his “intentionwas to settle the matter before the meeting which is due to open on June 28.

Jens Stoltenberg said that Ankara had raised “legitimate concerns“.”We must understand and remember that no other NATO ally has suffered more terrorist attacks than Turkey. And also that Turkey is an important ally with a strategic geographical location“, he pointed out.

Any NATO membership agreement must be approved unanimously by its thirty members.

The two Nordic countries have repeatedly expressed surprise at Turkey’s objections, saying Ankara had signaled its support for their membership applications until they submitted them.

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