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Turkey, Sweden and Finland hold regular talks on NATO

Jun 15, 2023

On Wednesday, the fourth meeting of the delegations of Turkey, Sweden, and Finland and the NATO Secretary General's envoy took place in Ankara.

Anadolu reported this.

The meeting lasted about three hours. The discussions were attended by the head of the NATO Secretary General's office, Sian Jensen, Swedish Foreign Minister Jan Knutsson, Finnish Foreign Minister Jukka Salovaara, and Turkish Senior Advisor to Erdogan Akif Çagatay Kilic.


At a briefing after the meeting, Swedish NATO negotiator Oscar Stenström said that some progress had been made, but "the finish line is still far away."

According to him, the Swedish side detailed how the country had fulfilled the agreements stipulated in the trilateral memorandum. In particular, they talked about the entry into force of new anti-terrorism legislation and countering the Kurdistan Workers' Party.

As a reminder, Sweden is still awaiting ratification of its accession to NATO from the last two countries, Hungary and Turkey.

Expert circles expected that after the Turkish elections Ankara would make concessions and Sweden would have time to become a full member of NATO before the Alliance's summit in mid-July.

Author - Olena Madiak, 15/06/2023

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