Turkey will not say yes and opposes Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership bids, the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, adding that any attempts to persuade Ankara to change its position would be fruitless and a waste of time.

Both Nordic governments officially announced their intention to join the US-led military bloc this weekend. Turkey had previously warned that it might oppose the move, with Erdogan calling the two Nordic countries guesthouses for terrorist organizations.

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He was referring to the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP/C), which have been outlawed by Ankara.

These countries do not have a clear unequivocal stance against terrorist organizations. Sweden is the incubation center of terrorist organizations. They bring terrorists to talk in their parliaments. We couldn’t say ‘yes’ to them joining NATO, a security organization.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry said on Monday that senior officials from Helsinki and Stockholm would travel to Turkey to discuss the matter. Erdogan, however, indicated at the press briefing that such talks would be senseless.

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In order to join the bloc, a country’s membership bid must be approved unanimously by all 30 members. It’s likely that Ankara will be pressed by the USA to reverse its objections.

NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana had previously said he was sure his organization would be able to overcome Turkey’s reservations.

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Finland and Sweden decided to reconsider their long-standing policy of non-alignment following a major change in public opinion amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. According to recent polls, a majority in both countries now support NATO membership.

The decision of the countries to apply for NATO membership has been condemned by Moscow. In Russian President Vladimir Putin’s opinion, the new development aggravates an already complicated international security situation.

RT. com / ABC Flash Point WW III Blog News 2022.

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Shar
Shar
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16-05-22 22:58

Who could have guessed Erdogan would save Finland and Sweden

SinCity
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16-05-22 23:01

NATO will fall apart …….

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Sputnik
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Reply to  SinCity
18-05-22 17:30

The Croatian head of state has repeatedly warned that he wouldn’t support the Nordic nations’ applications until Croatia’s neighbor Bosnia, a US and EU client state, changes its electoral laws to make it easier for ethnic Croats to get elected to local office.

MichealLaRiviere
MichealLaRiviere
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Reply to  Shar
16-05-22 23:06

Still under US sanctions?

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MichealLaRiviere
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16-05-22 23:07

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Ray Donald Pret
Ray Donald Pret
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16-05-22 22:59

The milky, creamy, beautiful girls of Sweden who speak three languages, including French that sounds like flowing honey and soft-core porn . . .. No, this is now the Sweden that makes up criminal charges against Assange at the behest of the U.S. No, we don’t need another nuclear-armed puppets

Valkry
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16-05-22 23:03

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Mohan Kumar
Mohan Kumar
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16-05-22 23:00

“Turkey will not say “yes” to Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership” – It’s not going to be a ‘Cake Walk’ for Finland and Sweden into NATO after all!

SinCity
SinCity
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16-05-22 23:01

Turkey is still under sanctions by their allies in the US, and with friends like those – who needs enemies…

MichealLaRiviere
MichealLaRiviere
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16-05-22 23:04

Let’s hope Turkey doesn’t forget how the USA tried to take over Turkey’s economy by blackmail.