Halla-aho: It is unrealistic to think that one member could block joining NATO

“It is mainly a question of ’s domestic policy and the desire to promote the issues that are important to it,” he said at a press conference at the announcement of the committee’s report.

Tayyip Erdoğan reiterated on that he intends to reject applications from Finland and Sweden. Turkey has accused both of supporting terrorism – apparently for what it has described as an amnesty for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) – and demanded that they lift their arms embargo on Turkey.

The North Atlantic Treaty stipulates that applications from aspiring members must be accepted with all existing members. Both Finland and Sweden submitted applications to NATO Secretary on Wednesday.

Halla-aho said Turkey has previously stated that it does not want a complicated accession process. He added that the Finnish has created a solid foundation for the application.

Also The Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs (SDP) considered that the statements should be seen as an effort to implement domestic policy goals. He pointed out that Turkey had not expressed its reservations about the candidates in advance.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT

Source: The Nordic Page

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