Erdogan expresses principled position on NATO expansion

US National Security Advisor visits Istanbul to discuss Sweden and Finland’s bloc membership

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan says his counterpart in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s administration amid renewed concerns that Ankara could block the pending addition of Sweden and Finland to NATO. came to Turkey without notice to meet with

According to the White House, Sullivan met with Erdogan’s top adviser, Ibrahim Kalin, in Istanbul on Sunday to discuss his continued support for Kyiv in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and to “promote Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership.” We talked about progress. statement.

The talks came just a day after Erdogan renewed his threat to block NATO expansion unless the two Nordic countries meet the terms of an agreement signed in June.

“We will maintain our principled position until our promises to our country are kept,” the Turkish leader said on Saturday. The Turkish government has reportedly called on Helsinki and Stockholm to end their support for what the country considers to be terrorist groups, and demanded the extradition of more than 30 people accused of terrorism.

“We will be watching closely whether the promises made by Sweden and Finland will be honored and, of course, the final decision will rest with our great parliament,” Erdogan added.

Turkiye and Hungary are the only states in the US-led military bloc that have not formally recognized the membership of the two Nordic countries, and the alliance must unanimously ratify new members, so the process It remains floating in the air.

Sullivan and Kalin also discussed “their accusations against Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory,” the White House said. The US adviser thanked Turkey for its efforts to facilitate Ukrainian grain exports and secure the release of Ukrainian prisoners of war.

The United States and Turkiye have clashed over Turkey’s refusal to join international sanctions against Russia since the military offensive on Moscow began in February. The Turkish government, which has played the role of mediator and has tried to balance its close ties with both Moscow and Kyiv, has voted overwhelmingly to join Russia in her four regions of the former Ukraine last week. He criticized the decision to hold a referendum. Relations with Washington were further strained last month when President Joe Biden’s administration decided to lift defense trade restrictions on Cyprus. did.

According to the White House, Sullivan and Karin discussed “the importance of dialogue and diplomacy in resolving disagreements in the Eastern Mediterranean,” as well as their support for peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Sullivan also met with Andrei Yermak, a senior aide to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, on Sunday. US advisers “reported that the United States and its allies and partners remain fully committed to Kyiv” and that the United States “imposes serious costs on any person, entity or country supporting Russia’s annexation” of Ukrainian territory. I promised.

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