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Key NATO member to set candidate requirements – RT World News

Turkey says written guarantees will be demanded from Sweden and Finland at meeting on Wednesday

Delegations from NATO candidates Sweden and Finland will meet senior Turkish officials in Ankara on Wednesday to discuss Turkey’s objections to joining the alliance. Turkey’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that his country would demand guarantees from the Nordic nations on the limitation “support for terrorism”.

The European delegations are led by Swedish State Secretary Oscar Stenstrom and his Finnish counterpart Jukka Salovaara, the second diplomats of their respective governments. They will meet Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal and Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan, the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country would seek written guarantees from Finland and Sweden that they would address Turkey’s concerns before their NATO membership could proceed.

Key NATO member to set candidate requirements – RT World News

“We are waiting for concrete measures, we cannot move forward with a few good wishes”, he told CNN Turk. A four-way meeting involving a NATO representative could also take place, the minister added.

Ankara wants both nations to take action against Kurdish militants, whom the Turkish government considers terrorists, and lift restrictions on arms trade with Turkey, the minister said.

On Monday, President Erdogan’s office made the same demands directed specifically at Sweden.

The statement underlines that Turkey has been seeking the extradition of people wanted from Sweden since 2017. It demands that Sweden end what Turkey describes as the financing of terrorist organizations and lift an arms embargo, imposed in response to Turkish military action in Syria in 2019.

Delegations from the Nordic countries will try to solve the Turkish problem “security concerns about terrorism”Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos. “There could also be issues that are not directly related to Finland and Sweden, but rather to other NATO members,” he added.

Foreign Minister Cavusoglu, who is visiting Palestine and Israel this week, also discussed Turkey’s request to buy F-16 fighter jets and upgrade kits from the United States. The deal is progressing and not tied to NATO expansion, he told reporters on his flight to Tel Aviv.

Key NATO member to set candidate requirements – RT World News

“We have demanded the removal of defense restrictions in the United States, and we will continue to demand it,” he added. he added, referring to sanctions imposed by Washington on Turkey in retaliation for its purchase of advanced Russian S-400 air defense systems.

Some U.S. politicians, including Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, have suggested the F-16 deal could be frozen unless Turkey agrees to host Finland and Sweden in as new members of NATO.

The two Nordic nations formally applied for admission to the US-led military bloc last week. Membership requires the unanimous approval of all current NATO member states, including Turkey, which has threatened to exercise its veto unless Finland and Sweden make key concessions on its national security interests.

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