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Finland and Sweden have found a deal with Turkey to pave the way for NATO

FinlandSweden and Turkey resolved the difference between Finland and Sweden’s NATO accession bids after a nearly four-hour meeting in connection with the long-awaited summit of the Defense Alliance in Madrid, Spain.

Turkey has promised to support inviting both countries to NATO members at the summit, according to a memorandum of understanding signed by the foreign ministers of both countries.

Nato released Memorandum Late Tuesday.

Finland and Sweden have confirmed the status of terrorists in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), as the document indicates, blocking the activities of all terrorist organizations, their expansion, affiliates and inspiring groups. I pledged to investigate and block funding. Recruitment activities of such organizations.

The Nordic countries have also promised to address Turkey’s deportation or delivery demands for suspected terrorists “quickly and thoroughly, taking into account the information, evidence and information provided by Turkey.”

The three countries further concluded that there was no national arms embargo between the two countries. Finland and Sweden have suspended arms export licenses to Turkey since 2019 over military operations in Syria.

president Sauli NiinistöHe led the Finnish delegation to the Madrid Summit and said he was pleased to finish this stage of the accession process, with the next specific step in the process defined in the next two days with Madrid’s NATO allies. He added that it would be done.

“The decision is imminent now,” he said. statement..

The trilateral memorandum he saw emphasizes the mutual security efforts of Finland, Sweden and Turkey.

“Turkey has expressed concern about the threat of terrorism over the past few weeks. Finland has always taken these concerns seriously. Finland has condemned terrorism in all its forms and symptoms. Finland As a member of NATO, we are fully committed to NATO’s anti-terrorism documents and policies, “said Niinistö.

“As we strengthen our cooperation in counterterrorism, arms exports and delivery, Finland naturally continues to operate in accordance with its own laws.”

Aleksi Teivainen – HT

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