November 28, 2022

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Finland at the gates of NATO: Negotiations to find an agreement with Turkey

Informal NATO meeting in Berlin ahead of Finland’s membership application.

Public opinion has changed with the war in Ukraine, with Finns largely in favor of joining the coalition.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan initially spoke out against NATO expansion.

Its foreign minister said today that talks were possible.

Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkish Foreign Minister: “This is why The majority of the Turkish people are against members of countries that support the terrorist organizations PKK and YPG.. The Turkish majority is demanding that this member be barred. But these are issues that we definitely need to talk to our NATO allies and specific countries.

Finland is a NATO ally, and its armed forces are already largely integrated into the alliance, and if there is a consensus, its membership will be quickly verified in terms of policy.

The head of Finnish diplomacy hopes to find an agreement with Ankara.

Becca Havisto, Finnish Foreign Minister: “I called on my dear fellow Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu yesterday to talk to each other today to reduce tensions and I hope we will find a solution.”

With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, public opinion in favor of NATO members has increased in Sweden, where the ruling Social Democratic Party may decide to drop its historic anti-membership course..

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