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Saturday, 02 July 2022 04:36 GMT

NATO chief specifies requirements for Finland and Sweden


(MENAFN) Finland and Sweden are doubtful to become NATO candidate members at the organization's forthcoming meeting on June 28-30 unless they meet Turkey's demands, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference with Spanish media on Thursday, May 26th.

The NATO commander noted Ankara's opposition to Sweden and Finland joining the alliance and urged that Turkey's concerns and demands be discussed and handled.

Ankara has resisted the two Nordic nations joining the US-led military group, alleging their backing for terrorist organizations, especially the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Gulen movement (FETO). Turkey requests that the two countries label these organizations as terrorists and extradite those associated with them.

Stoltenberg claimed that “no country has suffered as much from terrorist attacks as Turkey." In addition, "Turkey is an important ally and when an ally has concerns it should be discussed and the problem resolved.”

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