The foreign ministers of Finland, Sweden and Turkey will hold talks this weekend in Berlin to settle differences over NATO’s plans to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). 2 Nordic countries follow Reuters.
Sweden and Finland are preparing their application to join the NATO military alliance. The purpose of these two Nordic countries is to manage the security situation fundamentally changed by the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
“This has prompted warnings from Moscow and also objections from Turkey, one of the 30 countries that are members of NATO,” the report says. Reuters.
In Berlin, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters that it was “unacceptable and insulting” for future NATO members to support the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) group of fighters.
“The problem is that these two countries openly support and cooperate with the PKK and the YPG (Kurdish militia). These are terrorist organizations that attack our army on a daily basis. Most Turks do not agree with this. said Cavusoglu.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock supported the rapid accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO. Photo: Reuters
Contrary to the Turkish reaction, the German side emphasized that “everything is prepared for a rapid ratification process in case Finland and Sweden apply for NATO membership”.
The above message was delivered by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on May 15, emphasizing the security guarantees of both Finland and Sweden.
“If they decide to join, they can be accepted quickly. We will ensure your safety. There should be no gray area between the time of your application and the time of your admission,” stressed the Reuters news agency, quoting Annalena Baerbock.
The negotiations in Berlin have entered a second day. Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavesto said he was confident a solution would eventually be found. Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde said she would “try to resolve any misunderstandings”.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had previously promised both Nordic countries a warm welcome and a fast admission process for new members.
“The allies will review the safety guarantees for Finland and Sweden during the ratification phase – which may take up to a year,” the airline said Reuters “Currently, the two Nordic countries do not fall under NATO’s Article 5, which guarantees that any attack on an ally will be an attack on all members,” it said.