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Finland and Sweden discuss NATO membership with Turkey

Finland and Sweden are working with Turkey to resolve differences over their NATO membership bid, and agree on the need to address the security concerns raised by Ankara in this context. This was stated by the leaders of the two Scandinavian countries at a briefing following a meeting with US President Joe Biden at the White House.

According to Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, Helsinki is proud of its good bilateral relations with Turkey.

“We agree that Turkey’s security issues as a NATO member must be resolved. We take the fight against terrorism seriously and condemn all its forms. We are ready to discuss all concerns related to our membership,” Niinistö said.

According to him, the Finnish side is already in dialogue with Turkey, and these negotiations will continue in the coming days.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, in turn, said that Stockholm is in dialogue at various levels with all NATO member states, including Turkey, to solve existing problems.

The politician expressed confidence that her country’s participation would contribute to the strengthening of NATO.

Finland and Sweden on May 18 officially applied to join NATO.

Helsinki and Stockholm have announced their intention to join the bloc amid Russia’s war against Ukraine.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara cannot approve the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO, since these countries indulge terrorist organizations and impose sanctions against Turkey.

The head of the Turkish state also noted that none of these countries has a clear and unambiguous position regarding terrorist organizations.

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