Erdogan opposes Finland and Sweden joining NATO

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Publish Date: 18:04 - 13 May 2022
Friday, 13 May 2022 (YJC)_ Stating that Finland and Sweden are home to many terrorist organizations, the Turkish president said his country does not have a positive view of the two European countries' membership in NATO.

Erdogan opposes Finland and Sweden joining NATOTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his country does not have a positive view of Finland and Sweden joining NATO.

According to Reuters, Erdogan said today (Friday) that NATO member Turkey could not look favorably on Sweden and Finland's plans to join the military alliance, and said that the two countries are home to many terrorist organizations.

Finland's plan to apply for NATO membership, announced on Thursday, as well as a similar expectation from Sweden, will expand the Western military alliance that Russia intends to block.

Earlier, Russia's Deputy Representative to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyansky, said that Russia's position on Ukraine's desire to join the European Union had changed and was now similar to that of Ukraine's accession to NATO. He also referred to the issue of Sweden and Finland and said: "Finland and Sweden's membership in NATO and the military presence of this coalition in these two countries will make their territory a possible target of the Russian army."

Finland's decision to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has opened a new front in the confrontation between Russia and the West; As one of the Scandinavian countries, Finland has about a thousand kilometers of border with Russia and is the first country to share a border with this country, which is to join NATO.

An hour after the announcement of Finland's decision by President Sauli Niinisto, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed it. The NATO Secretary General said that when Finland decides to apply for NATO membership, it will be warmly welcomed and the process of joining the country will be fast and smooth.

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