Cavusoglu called the republic's position clear: Ankara supports the principle of “open doors” in NATO, but cannot ignore information about “support for terrorism” in the Scandinavian countries seeking to join the alliance
Turkey's position on Finland's accession to NATO is “very clear”, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, Hurriyet reports.
Earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara “does not see the positive” in the accession of Sweden and Finland to the North Atlantic Alliance. He called the Scandinavian countries “a guest house for terrorist organizations”; and noted that members of the PKK, banned in Turkey, live in Sweden and even participate in parliament.
“This is not a threat. This is not a bargain. This is not populism. These are our specific findings on the support of terrorism in countries that are seeking [to join NATO],” — Cavusoglu emphasized.
He said that Turkey nevertheless supports the “open door policy”; alliance.
On May 15, Finland officially announced its intention to apply for NATO membership. Many countries have expressed support for such a move. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg assured that the alliance would be able to quickly accept Helsinki and Stockholm if such a request was received.
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President Sauli Niinistö noted that he was “confused”; Ankara's statements on this topic, since in a personal telephone conversation Erdogan told him that he would accept Finland's entry into the alliance, but publicly he voiced a different position. Niinistö noted the need for a clear response from Erdogan and expressed his readiness to discuss his claims with the Turkish leader.
According to the Expressen newspaper, Sweden may apply for NATO membership on May 16.
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