“Expectations not met”: Turkey wants to continue blocking NATO membership

“Did not meet expectations”
Turkey wants to continue blocking NATO membership

At the NATO summit at the end of June, the accession candidates Sweden and Finland were supposed to participate as “invited parties”. Such is the plan. But none of that will happen. Ankara wants to stick to its veto and demands, among other things, commitments to cooperate in the defense industry.

In the dispute over the planned accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO, Turkey has little hope of leaving its blockade stance quickly. Following a phone call between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the Turkish Ministry of Communications announced that Ankara was demanding written commitments from both countries to “paradigm shift” in the “fight against terrorism” and to cooperate in the defense industry. . Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the documents sent by Sweden and Finland fell far short of Turkey’s expectations, the state news agency Anadolu News Agency said.

Sweden in particular has previously announced concessions. According to Stoltenberg, on Monday the country has already begun to change its anti-terrorist legislation. It also aims to ensure that the legal framework for arms exports reflects Sweden’s future status as a member of NATO with new commitments to the Allies.

Sweden and Finland applied to join the defense alliance in mid-May. However, Turkey is currently blocking the admission process, justifying its position with alleged support from Finland and Sweden to “terrorist organizations” such as the banned Kurdish Workers’ Party of the PKK and the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia.

Stoltenberg could not say exactly when the problem would be solved. We are looking for ways to find a solution as soon as possible. The original plan was to sign the so-called accession protocols ahead of the NATO summit in Madrid at the end of June. Sweden and Finland could then attend the summit as “invited parties” and only ratify the protocols before adoption.

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