Turkey lifts objections to Sweden and Finland joining NATO

28/06/2022 22:33:00

Turkey has agreed to lift its opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO.

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Turkey has agreed to lift its opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted Sweden and Finland to abandon their long-held non-aligned status.

After urgent top-level talks at the group’s meeting in Madrid, alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said “we now have an agreement that paves the way for Finland and Sweden to join NATO”.Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted Sweden and Finland to abandon their long-held non-aligned status and apply to join the security body.

AdvertisementBut Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had blocked the move, insisting the Nordic pair change their stance on Kurdish rebel groups that Turkey considers terrorists.Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said the three countries’ leaders signed a joint agreement after talks on Tuesday.

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Good news, although I'm dubious about having to make any concessions to Erdogan in the first place. How much did that coercion cost? To get this both entrants had to essentially agree to end their support for Kurdish organisations. Unsure if that makes any difference to the Kurds in reality... That's good news

And in return does Finland & Sweden agree to buy ineffectual crappy Turkish drones. Historic moment, good news for the NATO alliance 💙

Sweden, Finland to be invited to join NATONATO leaders will formally invite Finland and Sweden to join the alliance tomorrow after Turkey agreed a deal to drop its objections, according to NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg That really sounds like it will help I wonder how they will ask. Be like hi hedi can you help us with our rucksacks😂😂 Would anyone be surprised to see Finland and Sweden buy ineffectual crappy Turkish drones as part of the deal.

Sweden, Finland to be invited to join NATONATO leaders will formally invite Finland and Sweden to join the alliance tomorrow after Turkey agreed a deal to drop its objections, according to NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg That really sounds like it will help I wonder how they will ask. Be like hi hedi can you help us with our rucksacks😂😂 Would anyone be surprised to see Finland and Sweden buy ineffectual crappy Turkish drones as part of the deal.

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Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO Secretary General."I'm pleased to announce that we now have an agreement that paves the way for Finland and Sweden to join NATO," he told reporters on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Madrid."I'm pleased to announce that we now have an agreement that paves the way for Finland and Sweden to join NATO," he told reporters on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Madrid.Expand Firefighters putting out the blaze at a shopping centre hit by a Russian missile strike in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk.

Image: AP/PA Images Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO Secretary General. Image: AP/PA Images TURKEY HAS AGREED to lift its opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office said that the country"got what it wanted" from Sweden and Finland before agreeing to back their drives to join NATO. After urgent top-level talks at the group’s meeting in Madrid, alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said “we now have an agreement that paves the way for Finland and Sweden to join NATO”. "Turkey has made significant gains in the fight against terrorist organisations," said the Turkish statement, adding:"Turkey got what it wanted. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted Sweden and Finland to abandon their long-held non-aligned status and apply to join the security body." The two Nordic countries agreed to"cooperate fully with Turkey in its fight against the PKK" and other Kurdish militant groups, said the statement. Advertisement But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had blocked the move, insisting the Nordic pair change their stance on Kurdish rebel groups that Turkey considers terrorists. It was of no strategic value.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said the three countries’ leaders signed a joint agreement after talks on Tuesday. The two countries will ban"fundraising and recruitment activities" for the Kurdish militants, and"prevent terrorist propaganda against Turkey," Mr Erdogan's office said. The two countries will ban"fundraising and recruitment activities" for the Kurdish militants, and"prevent terrorist propaganda against Turkey," Mr Erdogan's office said. Turkey said it had “got what it wanted” including “full cooperation… in the fight against” the rebel groups. The agreement comes at the opening of a crucial summit dominated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The PKK is designated as a terrorist organisation by Ankara and most of its Western allies. US President Joe Biden and other NATO leaders arrived in Madrid for a summit that will set the course of the alliance for the coming years. But the group's Syrian offshoot, the YPG, has been an important player in the US-led international alliance against the Islamic State group in Syria. #Open journalism No news is bad news Support The Journal Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you Support us now The summit was kicking off with a leaders’ dinner hosted by Spain’s King Felipe VI at the 18th-century Royal Palace of Madrid. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has welcomed Turkey's agreement to drop its objections to Finland's and Sweden's membership of NATO. Officials in Lysychansk urged residents who remain in the eastern city to leave immediately, as it became the epicentre of fighting in the Donbas region following the fall to Russian forces of nearby Sievierodonetsk after weeks of heavy shelling and street battles.

Stoltenberg said the meeting would chart a blueprint for the alliance “in a more dangerous and unpredictable world”. “To be able to defend in a more dangerous world we have to invest more in our defence,” Stoltenberg said... Just nine of NATO’s 30 members meet the organisation’s target of spending 2% of gross domestic product on defence. Spain, which is hosting the summit, spends just half that. . The battle took a heavy toll on both sides, but Ukraine hopes it will inflict increasing damage on Russia’s forces thanks to powerful western weapons that are now being integrated into its arsenal.