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NATO leaders raise “difficulty things” in admitting Finland and Sweden

NATO difficult to accept Finland and Sweden’s candidacy at the summit of the bloc at the end of June when the two Nordic countries have not yet met Turkey’s requirements” – radio RT (Russia) quoted Jens Stoltenberg on May 27 as saying. The NATO Summit will take place from June 28 to 30 in Spain.

Sweden and Finland on May 15 officially applied to join NATO. Although Washington and its European NATO allies welcomed the move of the two Nordic countries. However, Turkey said it disagrees with Helsinki and Stockholm because the two countries “do not have a clear and unequivocal stance” against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP/) C) – groups that Ankara considers a terrorist organization.

Joining NATO requires the approval of all 30 countries in the bloc, including Turkey.

The head of NATO acknowledged Ankara’s stance against Sweden and Finland’s accession to the bloc, and called on all parties to pay attention to discuss and resolve Turkey’s requests.

“There is no country that has suffered as many terrorist attacks as Turkey. They are an important ally and when an ally has a concern, it should be discussed and addressed,” said Mr. Jens Stoltenberg. would like.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg noted that it took the Republic of North Macedonia more than 10 years as a candidate before joining NATO due to a veto from Greece.

“Sweden and Finland can participate as guests in the NATO Summit to be held in Madrid. If they do not meet Turkey’s request by June 28, they will find it difficult to return become a NATO candidate country,” said Mr. Jens Stoltenberg.

Before that, the Turkish side also “conditions” NATO to lift sanctions and be brought back by the US to buy F-35 advanced aircraft. Only when these issues are resolved will they consider and accept the NATO membership of Finland and Sweden.

The reason why Turkey is sanctioned by NATO is due to the purchase of the S-400 missile defense system from Russia and the fact that they also “displeased” allies when participating in military adventures in Syria.

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