Finland and Sweden to continue NATO talks with Turkey

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Finland and Sweden to continue NATO talks with Turkey

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Finland and Sweden to continue NATO talks with Turkey

HELSINKI: Finland and Sweden said on Wednesday (Jun 1) the Nordic countries will continue their dialogue with Turkey over Ankara\u0027s objections to their bids for membership of the NATO military alliance. The two nations both applied to join NATO last month but faced unexpected resistance from Turkey which ac

HELSINKI: Finland and Sweden said on Wednesday (Jun 1) the Nordic countries will continue their dialogue with Turkey over Ankara's objections to their bids for membership of the NATO military alliance.The two nations both applied to join NATO last month but faced unexpected resistance from Turkey which accuses them of being safe havens for Kurdish militants and wants them to reverse an arms exports ban.

"Together with Sweden we will do our homework and prepare for the questions Turkey has," Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told reporters in Helsinki.Becoming a NATO member requires unanimous backing from all current 30 member states.Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, speaking at a separate event in Stockholm, said she expected constructive meetings with Turkey to take place in the near future.

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LinkedIn HELSINKI: Finland and Sweden said on Wednesday (Jun 1) the Nordic countries will continue their dialogue with Turkey over Ankara's objections to their bids for membership of the NATO military alliance.Copy to clipboard https://str.LinkedIn ANKARA: A chief adviser to Turkey's president told his US counterpart that Turkey wanted"concrete steps" on the existence of what it calls"terrorist organisations" in Finland and Sweden before it would consider their NATO bids, the Turkish presidency said.LinkedIn ISTANBUL: Turkey's president highlighted the activities of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party as part of his country's objections to Sweden and Finland joining NATO and said both nations doing so would carry security risks for Turkey.

The two nations both applied to join NATO last month but faced unexpected resistance from Turkey which accuses them of being safe havens for Kurdish militants and wants them to reverse an arms exports ban. "Together with Sweden we will do our homework and prepare for the questions Turkey has," Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told reporters in Helsinki. US national security adviser Jake Sullivan and Mr Ibrahim Kalin, chief foreign policy adviser to President Tayyip Erdogan, spoke on Monday (May 30) to discuss the Nato bids and the war in Ukraine, the Turkish presidency said in a statement. Becoming a NATO member requires unanimous backing from all current 30 member states. In a statement, the Turkish presidency said Kalin had told Sullivan in a phone call that nations wanting to join NATO must"internalise the alliance's values and principles on security and counter-terrorism". Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, speaking at a separate event in Stockholm, said she expected constructive meetings with Turkey to take place in the near future. In a statement, the Turkish presidency said Mr Kalin had told Mr Sullivan in a phone call that nations wanting to join Nato must"internalise the alliance's values and principles on security and counter-terrorism. "Our responses to demands and also questions from Turkey we will take directly with Turkey and also sort out any issues and misunderstandings that there might be," she said. “Turkey maintains that the admission of Sweden and Finland entails risks for its own security and the organisation’s future,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote in an article published by The Economist late on Monday (May 31).

Related: . The White House said Mr Sullivan in the call"expressed support for Turkey's continued direct talks with Sweden and Finland to resolve concerns over their applications for Nato membership, which the US strongly supports." Sweden and Finland have said they condemn terrorism and are open to dialogue.