This decision was called “untimely and unjustified.”
Turkey sharply condemned the decision of Finland and Sweden to join NATO right now . This move allegedly could prolong and expand the war in Ukraine.
This statement was made by Devlet Bahceli, the head of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and a close associate of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“We consider the membership of these two countries in NATO to be an untimely, unjustified and unnecessary development of events,” the MHP leader said in a speech to party representatives.
Further, Bahceli expressed the opinion that the entry of Finland and Sweden into the Alliance would prolong the war in Ukraine, and the boundaries of hostilities could expand.
“The reaction of Russia will be provoked if such membership becomes a reality. The possibility that the war in Ukraine will spill over to Sweden should not be underestimated if these two northern European states are accepted into NATO,” Bahceli continued.
Recall that today Erdogan is to hold talks with Finland about its entry into NATO. Whether a similar conversation will take place with Sweden is still unknown.
Turkey against Finland and Sweden joining NATO: what is known
In mid-May, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unexpectedly announced that his country could not support NATO expansion because Finland and Sweden were “home to many terrorist organizations.”
After that, the United States began to clarify Ankara’s position on the entry of the Scandinavian countries into the Alliance. And the NATO Secretary General said that Turkey would not block the applications of Finland and Sweden.
Meanwhile, the head of the European Parliament’s leading faction, the European People’s Party, Manfred Weber warned of Turkey’s potential isolation in NATO if it blocks the admission of Finland and Sweden.
On May 18, Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO. On the same day, the ambassadors of the Alliance met to start negotiations on the accession of the Scandinavian countries to the military-political bloc. However , Turkey blocked the process with its opposition .
According to The New York Times, Ankara accuses Finland and Sweden of supporting Kurdish terrorists.