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NATO’s Stoltenberg says Turkey’s safety issues are reliable

Safety issues raised by Turkey in its opposition to Finland and Sweden becoming a member of NATO are reliable, NATO Secretary-Common Jens Stoltenberg mentioned throughout a go to to Finland.

Sweden and Finland utilized to affix the Western navy alliance final month, in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

However they’ve confronted opposition from Turkey, which has accused them of supporting and harbouring Kurdish militants and different teams that Ankara deems “terrorists”.

“These are reliable issues. That is about terrorism, it’s about weapons exports,” Stoltenberg instructed a joint information convention on Sunday with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in Naantali, Finland.

Stoltenberg mentioned Turkey was a key NATO ally because of its strategic location on the Black Sea between Europe and the Center East, and he cited the help Ankara has supplied to Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24.

“We’ve got to recollect and perceive that no NATO ally has suffered extra terrorist assaults than Turkiye,” Stoltenberg mentioned, utilizing the Turkish phrase for the nation’s identify, as most well-liked by Turkey and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Stoltenberg and Niinisto mentioned talks with Turkey would proceed, however gave no indication of progress within the negotiations.

He additionally mentioned {that a} NATO assembly in Madrid on the finish of June was “by no means a deadline” for Finland and Sweden to be accepted as members of the navy alliance.

After a long time of navy non-alignment, Russia’s warfare in Ukraine has pushed Finland and Sweden to use to affix NATO.

Erdogan, nonetheless, accuses the Nordic nations of supporting Kurdish militants deemed by Turkey to be “terrorists” and has vetoed their entry into the 30-member alliance.

Calls for from Ankara to Helsinki and Stockholm embrace lifting restrictions on arms exports to Turkey and extraditing members of sure Kurdish organisations which are against Erdogan’s authorities.

Previously weeks, the NATO chief has been working to resolve the dispute.

Stoltenberg will go to Sweden on Monday for talks with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson.

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