Sweden and Finland met the Turkish conditions and are very close to joining NATO

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General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg indicated that the accession process should come to an end and be ratified

Sweden and Finland fulfilled the Turkish conditions and are very close to joining NATO

Jens Stoltenberg (REUTERS/Dilara Senkaya)

The Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, insisted this Saturday that Sweden and Finland have already applied the conditions set by Turkey to unblock its entry into the Alliance, agreed by the three countries last June.

“I think the accession process should come to an end and be ratified,” Stoltenberg told CNNTürk broadcaster, in an interview in which he stated that the two Nordic democracies have fulfilled all the points of the agreement, such as lifting the arms embargo on Turkey or modifying its anti-terrorist laws.

Ankara argues that the two countries were sanctuary of people and groups considered terrorists and requested legislative changes and also the extradition of individuals wanted by the Turkish Justice.

“Some of the terrorists who are there are guilty of organized crime, so there is a common interest,” said the NATO secretary general, who stated that the issue will be discussed during the visit that the Swedish Prime Minister, Ulf Kristersson, will perform in Turkey on November 8.

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Stoltenberg met yesterday with the Turkish president, the Islamist Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who also insisted that Sweden and Finland must still take steps to comply with the agreement.

Sweden and Finland met turkish-conditions and are very close to joining to NATO

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Murat Cetinmuhurdar/PPO/Handout via REUTERS)

Erdogan stated that the pace of the ratification process will depend on the steps taken by those countries, according to an official statement from the Turkish presidency.

In his talk with CNNTürk, Stoltenberg once again thanked the “important role” played by Erdogan in reactivating the agreement to export Ukrainian cereals through the Black Sea, from which Russia left last weekend.

“I appreciate Turkey's efforts. Millions of tons of grain have been exported to the world market, prices have dropped. Food was delivered to those in need. We are grateful for this very important matter,” he said.

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Furthermore, he stated that the best solution for a long-term grain export agreement is for the Russian president, Vladimir Putin< /b>, end the aggression against Ukraine.

“Putin started the war himself, he can end it himself,” he said, while criticizing what he called “irresponsible ” nuclear threats from Russia.

“It is very dangerous. Nuclear war has no winner. Russia should understand,” he warned.

Regarding the tension between Turkey and Greece, he assured that both countries are important members of NATO and asked them to resolve their differences.

(With information from EFE)

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