Sweden, Finland to meet Turkey at Nato in new bid for progress

1/6/2022 8:33:00 PM

Sweden, Finland to meet Turkey at Nato in new bid for progress

https://str.sg/w2tAWASHINGTON (AFP) - Nato said on Wednesday (June 1) it will hold talks involving Turkey, Finland and Sweden in hopes of endingAnkara's opposition to the Nordic nations joining the alliance ahead of a summit this month.Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he would convene senior officials from the three nations in Brussels in the coming days"to ensure that we make progress on the applications of Finland and Sweden to join Nato."

"My intention is to have this in place before the Nato summit" in Madrid starting on June 28, Stoltenberg said on a visit to Washington."Finland and Sweden have made it clear that they are ready to sit down and to address the concerns expressed by Turkey," Stoltenberg told a joint news conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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Turkey tells US it wants 'concrete steps' from Finland, Sweden for NATO bidsANKARA: A chief adviser to Turkey\u0027s president told his US counterpart that Turkey wanted \u0022concrete steps\u0022 on the existence of what it calls \u0022terrorist organisations\u0022 in Finland and Sweden before it would consider their NATO bids, the Turkish presidency said. US national security adviser Jake Sull

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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.Copy to clipboard https://str.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.

sg/w2tA WASHINGTON (AFP) - Nato said on Wednesday (June 1) it will hold talks involving Turkey, Finland and Sweden in hopes of ending Ankara's opposition to the Nordic nations joining the alliance ah ead of a summit this month. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he would convene senior officials from the three nations in Brussels in the coming days"to ensure that we make progress on the applications of Finland and Sweden to join Nato. Turkey has objected to the two countries' joining the Western defence alliance on the grounds that they harbour people linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group and others it deems terrorists, and because Finland and Sweden halted arms exports to Turkey in 2019." "My intention is to have this in place before the Nato summit" in Madrid starting on June 28, Stoltenberg said on a visit to Washington. Turkey has objected to the two countries' joining the Western defence alliance on the grounds that they harbour people linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group and others it deems terrorists, and because Finland and Sweden halted arms exports to Turkey in 2019. "Finland and Sweden have made it clear that they are ready to sit down and to address the concerns expressed by Turkey," Stoltenberg told a joint news conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. "It was emphasised that it is imperative for Sweden and Finland to take concrete steps regarding the terrorist organisations that threaten Turkey's national security," it added. Sweden and Finland have historically tried to steer clear of angering nearby Russia but shed their reluctance to join Nato after - which had unsuccessfully sought to join the alliance. "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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin"wanted less Nato." Sweden and Finland have said they condemn terrorism and are open to dialogue. 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. He is getting more Nato," Stoltenberg said. But all 30 Nato members need to agree to admit a new member and Turkey has voiced objections, citing the presence in the two Nordic nations of militants from the PKK, the Kurdish separatist group considered terrorists by Ankara. Erdogan said in comments published in The Economist on Monday that Turkey's commitment to NATO was unchanged, and he called on allies to focus their efforts on"persuading" the candidate countries. Stoltenberg said that the two nations and Nato took the PKK issue"very seriously. Mr Erdogan said in comments published in The Economist on Monday that Turkey's commitment to Nato was unchanged, and he called on allies to focus their efforts on"persuading" the candidate countries." "We know that no other Nato ally has had suffered more terrorist attacks than Turkey," Stoltenberg said."There is no authority in Ankara that can be told what to do by any country that is unwilling to fight terrorism.

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