Finland and Sweden will not be able to participate in NATO until Turkey’s concerns are met

Turkey states that the demands are “concrete” and the Nordic countries need to accept them in order to join the alliance.

Following a meeting in Ankara on Wednesday, Turkish government spokesman Ibrahim Karin told reporters and his government was Turkey. “concrete” Security concerns about terrorism and sanctions have been met. Karin added that Ankara will not rush to an agreement before NATO’s next meeting.

The Swedish and Finnish delegations held a five-hour meeting with Turkish respondents in Ankara following last week’s application to join the NATO military alliance. Their accession requires unanimous consent from all 30 member states, and Turkey threatens to thwart the process unless the two countries crack down on groups they consider to be terrorists.

“If we do not respond to Turkey’s security concerns, we cannot continue any process of NATO enlargement,” he said. Karin said at a press conference after the meeting. “NATO is a security organization” He declared, this is the alliance “The security concerns of Member States are equally and fairly met.”

Turkey demanded that Sweden and Finland lift Turkey’s arms export restrictions and hand over people involved in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Gulen movement (FETO). Both Sweden and Finland consider PKK to be a terrorist organization, but Turkey also requires that the same designations apply to Syrian Kurdish troops and political groups YPG and PYD, respectively.

Karin said the Turkish side is pressing Sweden to crack down on domestic PKK supporters and their funding and media activities. Sweden in particular is selected from Turkey along with Ankara. Accusation Stockholm arming Kurds with anti-tank weapons used in the ongoing border conflict with Turkey.

Swedish and Finnish officials will return to the capital to discuss Turkey’s request, which Karin said: “concrete.” The membership process of the two Scandinavian states can only be continued “How to Address Turkey’s Security Concerns” He said.

NATO leaders will meet in Madrid, Spain at the end of next month, but Karin will meet in Turkey. “Not exposed to time pressure” By then reach an agreement with Sweden and Finland.

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Both Sweden and Finland called for Russia’s military operations in Ukraine as a motive for joining the US-led NATO alliance. With the exception of Turkish President Legep Taip Erdogan and Croatian President Zoran Milanovic, who threatened to thwart their application unless the alliance addresses allegations of legal persecution of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Membership bids were warmly accepted by European leaders in Washington and NATO.

Moscow Called NATO applications in both countries “A serious mistake with long-term consequences.” Still, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said last week that Russia sees NATO’s desires in both countries as less concerned than Ukraine’s, which may be a territorial dispute. “It would have brought great risk to the entire continent.”—ankara Finland and Sweden will not be able to participate in NATO until Turkey’s concerns are met

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