Finland hints at joining NATO without Sweden, Turkish President threatens

Stockholm: Finland’s top diplomat on Tuesday hinted at joining NATO without Sweden. He said that the country may have to take this decision after the President of Turkey raised doubts on the expansion of the military alliance. What did the foreign minister of Finland say “If it turns out that Sweden’s application is stalling in ...
 

Stockholm: Finland’s top diplomat on Tuesday hinted at joining NATO without Sweden. He said that the country may have to take this decision after the President of Turkey raised doubts on the expansion of the military alliance.

What did the foreign minister of Finland say

“If it turns out that Sweden’s application is stalling in the future, we will have to assess the situation,” Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told Finnish broadcaster ULE.

On the other hand, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Sweden. He said he should not expect Turkey’s support for NATO membership after protests outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm next week.

Requires the approval of all current NATO members

Sweden and Finland’s historic bid to join the alliance required the approval of all current NATO members, including Turkey, which has so far blocked expansion. So far, Sweden and Finland have committed to joining the alliance together, but comments by Finnish Foreign Minister Hristo suggested Finland is considering moving forward without its Nordic neighbor.

Along with this, the statement of Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Bilstrom has also come to the fore. “We are in contact with Finland to find out what this means,” he told Finnish media.

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