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Turkey suspends "indefinitely" its meeting with Sweden and Finland on NATO membership

MADRID, 24 Ene.

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Turkey suspends "indefinitely" its meeting with Sweden and Finland on NATO membership


The Turkish authorities have "indefinitely" postponed the trilateral meeting with Sweden and Finland to discuss the accession of both countries to NATO after the controversy over a series of protests in Stockholm in which effigies of Turkish President Recep have been burned. Tayyip Erdogan, and even copies of the Koran.

Thus, Turkey has requested the cancellation of this trilateral mechanism, intended to promote the membership of these two countries as part of the Atlantic Alliance. These talks, which date back to August 2022, were scheduled to take place in February, according to information from the 'Daily Sabah' newspaper.

Tensions have risen in recent weeks as Turkey has condemned Sweden for allowing protests outside the Turkish Embassy in the country, and has continued to accuse Stockholm of allowing supporters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to ) - which Ankara considers a terrorist organization - carry out protests against Turkey.

Since submitting their official membership application in May 2022 at the height of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Sweden and Finland have sought Turkish approval to join the bloc. However, Ankara has asked for a series of guarantees, especially from Sweden, related precisely to dissidents and alleged members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Thus, he has accused the country of "giving shelter to terrorists."

However, over the last month public support for Kurdish groups that Turkey considers terrorists has increased, which has led to an increase in tension between the two countries, something that seems to jeopardize the talks. .

The situation has even led the Finnish government to put on the table the possibility of going ahead with the accession process without Sweden. This same Tuesday, the Finnish Foreign Minister, Pekka Haavisto, has recognized for the first time that both countries must rethink the strategy of moving forward together if necessary. "We have to be prepared to reassess the situation," he said.

Sweden maintains that it has fulfilled all the commitments signed in said pact, but Erdogan has warned that, as things are, the Swedish government cannot "wait" for the final endorsement of Swedish accession.

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