Finnish President: Turkey’s dispute over Finland-Sweden merger with NATO will not be resolved before the Madrid summit

Agerpres quoted the dpa as saying that Finnish President Sauli Niinistö on Tuesday doubted that the dispute over the inclusion of Finland and Sweden in NATO with Turkey would be resolved before the military federation held its next summit in Madrid.

Speaking at a news conference with European Parliament Speaker Roberto Metzola, Niinistö said that although Turkey had not changed its position, the countries’ negotiations with each other were still progressing.

Sweden and Finland applied to join the Security Alliance in mid-May. Turkey is the only NATO member to block the start of the accession process for the two countries.

Ankara justifies its position that Finland and Sweden support “terrorist organizations” such as the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The NATO summit kicks off on June 29 in Madrid.

Tensions with Turkey erupted during a meeting between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Tuesday. Macron said during the meeting that he would seek clarification from Ankara on his position, according to the Elysee Palace.

He stressed strong support – common to all members except Turkey – that Finland and Sweden would soon join the alliance and help maintain the stability of the Euro-Atlantic region.

Author: A.A.

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