“Legitimate fears”: NATO Secretary General supported Turkey’s demands to Sweden and Finland

Stoltenberg and Niinistö said that negotiations with Turkey would continue.

The head of NATO supported the demands of Turkey to Sweden and Finland / photo REUTERS
The head of NATO supported the demands of Turkey to Sweden and Finland / photo REUTERS

The security concerns raised by Turkey over Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO membership bids are legitimate.

This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a visit to Finland.

“These are legitimate concerns. We are talking about terrorism, we are talking about the export of weapons. … We must remember and understand that none of the NATO allies has suffered more from terrorist attacks than Turkey,” Stoltenberg said.

Stoltenberg and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö also said that negotiations with Turkey would continue, but did not report progress in the negotiations.

“The Madrid summit has never been a deadline [for a decision],” Stoltenberg said, referring to the NATO meeting in Madrid at the end of June.

Let’s remind, on May, 18th Finland and Sweden  have applied  for the introduction into 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 .

The government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan demands that the Scandinavian countries lift sanctions on the supply of weapons from Turkey and stop supporting terrorists. The representatives of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and the Fethullah Gülen Movement are implied.

In addition, Turkey sent ten extradition requests to Finland. Finland satisfied Turkey’s requests only partially.

The Turkish President has already  stated that until his country’s demands are met, Finland and Sweden will not become NATO members.

(C)UNIAN 2022


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