Reuters: Turkey resolution unlikely before NATO summit news

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Finnish and Swedish delegations returned home from Ankara on Friday after the conclusion of talks over Turkey’s objections to the two Nordic countries joining NATO.

Turkey has been a member of the NATO alliance since 1952. Image: Benoit Doppagne/EPA

Negotiations between Finnish, Swedish and Turkish officials aimed at overcoming Turkey‘s objections to the two Nordic nations joining NATO are unlikely to be concluded before a key NATO summit next month, according to a report (siirryt toiseen palveluun) by the Reuters news agency.

The talks, which began on Wednesday and ended on Friday, have made little progress and no date has yet been agreed for their resumption, Reuters said.

According to a source, Turkey could still oppose Finland and Sweden joining the alliance when NATO holds a summit in the Spanish capital Madrid on June 29-30.

Finland and Sweden submitted simultaneous applications to join the alliance last week, but Turkey blocked the initial accession process and issued a list of demands it says must be met before talks can proceed.

The list of demands includes references to members of the PKK and its Syrian offshoot, the YPG, which has classified Turkey as a terrorist organization, and referred to their alleged protection in Finland and Sweden.

Associated Press reports (siirryt toiseen palveluun) this Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Finland and Sweden must now take “concrete steps” to address Turkey’s security concerns when their delegates return home after the Ankara talks.

“We understand the security concerns of Finland and Sweden, but … everyone must also understand Turkey’s legitimate security concerns,” Cavusoglu said.

On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron stressed to the Turkish President Recep Tayiip Erdogan the importance of respecting the sovereign decisions of Finland and Sweden resulting from a democratic process.

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