Turkish president opposes Finland’s and Sweden’s accession to NATO – Observer

On Friday, the Turkish president opposed the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO. On hosting Turkish Kurdish militants considered terroristswith the first dissonant voice among the 30 allies.

We are closely following developments in Sweden and Finland, but we do not think so, Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul, quoted by AFP and AP.

Erdogan said he “does not want the mistake made to be repeated.” Against Turkey as Greece joins NATO, accusing Helsinki and Stockholm of “protecting PKK terrorists” from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

“Unfortunately, the Scandinavian countries are almost like inns for terrorist organizations,” Erdogan said, referring to the PKK, which Turkey, but also the European Union (EU) and the United States, have classified as terrorist organizations.

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Turkey’s reaction is the first dissenting voice within NATO about the prospects for Finland and Sweden joining.

According to Article 10 of the Agreement, “the Parties may, by unanimous agreement, invite any other European State” to accede to the Organization.

Turkey and Greece joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 1952, three years after the formation of the military alliance.

Since the beginning of the crisis and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, Turkey has tried to maintain good relations with two countries on which its economy is inextricably dependent.

After the war in Ukraine, Finland and Sweden began discussions on joining NATO, which, if realized, would mean abandoning the countries’ historical non-alignment.

On Friday, the Swedish authorities published a report from the government and the parties on possible accession, highlighting the benefits of Sweden’s accession, including for the security of northern Europe.

Finland is expected to make its decision officially on Sunday, but its president Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin have already announced their support for joining the alliance “without delay”.

Finland is progressing “without delay” in applying for NATO membership. Sweden should do the same next week. The Kremlin has already reacted

In response, Russia has warned Finland that it will be forced to take “both military and non-military” countermeasures if the country joins NATO.

Finland’s NATO membership is a threat to Russia

Russia shares 1,340 kilometers of land border with Finland and a sea border with Sweden.

Prior to Ukraine’s invasion, Russia demanded that NATO deny access to the organization to neighboring countries and withdraw Allied troops and weapons to 1997 stations before eastward enlargement.

NATO refused such demands.

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