The President of Finland says he is confused that Turkey opposes Helsinki’s NATO membership

Helsinki [Finland]May 15 ( / Sputnik): Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said on Sunday that he was confused by ’s reaction to Helsinki’s intention to apply for membership after Turkish President Erdogan assured him of supporting Finland’s accession to NATO in a telephone conversation about a month ago.

On Saturday, Turkish Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the majority of Turks oppose Finland’s and Sweden’s accession to NATO because of their open support for the Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Kurdish YPG militia, which are considered terrorists by Ankara. On Sunday, Cavusoglu said he had a meeting with his counterparts from Finland and Sweden, adding that Ankara had provided all the facts “proving their cooperation with the PKK”. Cavusoglu noted that Helsinki and expressed their willingness to discuss the issue with Ankara.

“To be honest, I’m a little confused because I had a telephone discussion with President Erdogan about a month ago and he actually raised himself before I had the opportunity to do so, that you are applying for NATO membership and we will assess it. favorable, it thanked him and he was very happy to receive my thanks, “Niinisto said at a press conference announcing the country’s official decision to apply for NATO membership.

The Finnish government said earlier in the day that Helsinki had made the official decision to join NATO. The decision will be discussed in the on and the vote is expected to be held on Tuesday. (ANI / Sputnik)


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