JJens Stoltenberg believes that the countries should be together “at this historic moment” and that it will be possible to reach a consensus. Finland and Sweden have decided to apply to NATO. Ankara refused to support the membership of these countries
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged to take into account Turkey’s concerns about membership in the alliance of Finland and Sweden. He wrote about it on Twitter.
“I spoke with [Turkish] Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu about the decision of our closest partners Finland and Sweden to apply for NATO membership. Turkey is a valuable ally, and any security-related issues must be resolved. We must be together at this historic moment,” Stoltenberg said.
On May 15, at a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock following an informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers, the Secretary General expressed confidence that the bloc would be able to find common ground with Ankara and reach consensus.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refused to support the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, since these countries, according to Ankara, condone terrorist organizations and imposed sanctions against the republic. As reported by the Turkish TV channel TRT Haber, the Northern European states did not extradite to Turkey 33 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and the Hizmet movement (FETO), recognized as terrorist in the country.
Finland and Sweden have decided to apply for NATO membership. Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a telephone conversation with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto, called it a mistake to abandon the traditional policy of military neutrality, since there are no threats to Finland’s security. Later, at the CSTO summit, he said that Russia “has no problems with these states”.;,Therefore, their membership in the alliance does not pose an immediate threat to Russia. However, Moscow will react “appropriately” in the event of the expansion of NATO’s military infrastructure on the territory of these countries, Putin warned. “And what it [reaction] will be, we will look based on the threats that will be created for us. That is, actually, problems are created out of the blue,” he said.
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