According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Finland and Sweden have fulfilled the conditions agreed with Ankara to join the military alliance. “It is time to welcome Finland and Sweden as full members of NATO,” Stoltenberg said today after meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. Besides Hungary, Turkey is the only NATO country that has not yet ratified the accession of the two countries.
Stoltenberg emphasized that Finland and Sweden had implemented the commitments made in an agreement in June. “It is clear that Finland and Sweden have fulfilled the warrant and are committed to a long-term partnership with Turkey.” He spoke of “important concrete measures” to implement the Convention.
Among other things, they have significantly expanded their cooperation with Turkey in the fight against terrorism, and there are more extraditions to Turkey. Finland and Sweden have surrendered. He will also discuss this with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday.
On the other hand, Cavusoglu was more conservative. He said that the steps taken so far are not enough. Finland and Sweden said they are sticking to their promises. What is important is implementation, Cavusoglu said.
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