Turkey accused Finland and Sweden of supporting "terrorist organizations," referring to the Kurdistan Workers' Party and the Kurdish militia People's Defence Units in Syria.
On Thursday, Jens Stoltenberg, secretary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), pledged to address Turkey's concerns on Finland's and Sweden's applications to join the military alliance.
"We are addressing the concerns that Turkey has expressed," he said at a press conference held jointly with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.
Finland and Sweden have decided to apply for NATO membership. Turkey has said it opposed the two Nordic states' accession to the military alliance.
Stoltenberg said the applications by Finland and Sweden to join NATO will be handled in a coordinated manner as "security interests and concerns of all allies need to be taken into account."
Nope. USA wanted this war. For over thirty years. US knew NATO expansion east will cause a war. The War on Terror is dead. We have entered Great Power Conflict. Russia was a threat to America’s hegemony in Europe. USA is preparing for war with China. https://t.co/EbcMBGXY5A— CaptCalhoun (@capt_calhoun) May 19, 2022
He noted that NATO is "in close contact with Finland and Sweden and Turkey." Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, however, has said he could not agree to the accession of Finland and Sweden, which have levied sanctions on Turkey.
Ankara has accused both nations of supporting "terrorist organizations," referring to the Kurdistan Workers' Party and the Kurdish militia People's Defence Units in Syria.
Russia, which could see its land border with NATO countries doubles, has also repeatedly warned Sweden and Finland against joining NATO, saying such a move would oblige it to "restore military balance" by strengthening its defenses in the Baltic Sea region.