| 2 December 2022, Friday |

Finland and Sweden to continue NATO talks with Turkey

Finland and Sweden said on Wednesday that they will keep talking to Turkey about Ankara’s opposition to their NATO membership bids.

Both countries applied to join NATO last month, but were met with unexpected opposition from Turkey, which accuses them of providing safe havens for Kurdish militants and demands that they lift a restriction on arms exports.

“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.

“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.

  • Reuters