| 16 April 2024, Tuesday |

Finland says it did not discuss specific extraditions with Turkey

During the NATO conference in Madrid this week, Finland and Turkey did not discuss the extradition of any specific persons or groups of people, according to Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto on Friday.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned on Thursday that Finland and Sweden must honor extradition agreements made during the discussions, or ratification of the Nordic states’ NATO memberships will be delayed.

As a result of the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s neighbor Finland has hastened to seek for membership in the Western military alliance in order to strengthen its security, prompting Sweden to abandon decades of not joining militarily.

But Turkey had opposed their NATO bids over what it called support for Kurdish militants and others it views as terrorists, as well as over arms embargoes and unfulfilled extradition requests for Kurdish figures based in the two countries.

Finland and Sweden have since said they would continue to follow local and international law in their extraditions and that the process would depend on what information was received from Turkey.

  • Reuters