The United States urged Turkey to ratify the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO
The Biden administration reiterated its support for the two countries to which Ankara has yet to give the go-ahead
The United States urged Turkey to ratify the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO (REUTERS)
The United States on Thursday urged Turkey to ratify as soon as possible the adherence of Sweden and Finland to the NATO. The request, which has been pending for several months, was further hampered after last Friday Ankara demanded more conditions from Stockholm.
This time it was Secretary of State Antony Blinken who had a phone call with his counterparts in Sweden and Finland –Tobias Billström and Pekka Haavisto< /b>– in order to reiterate Washington's full support for their entry into the Alliance.
In the conversation, Blinken referred to the foreign ministries of the Nordic countriestheir “strong belief” that they are prepared to join NATO.
In this sense, the Secretary's call was supported by a communiquéissued by State Department spokesman Ned Price, although he made no explicit mention of Turkey. “The United States urges its remaining allies to rapidly ratify their adherence”, the letter reads.
Although without making direct mention of Turkey, Ned Price urged the remaining allies to rapidly ratify their accession
Last Friday, Turkey again warned Sweden that it has to honor its commitments on theit fights against groups and people considered terrorists by Ankara if it wants it to lift its entry ban. Thus, it demanded not only verbal condemnations but also actions.
“The presence and activities of the terrorist organization there continue (…) Sweden is has promised to prevent them. There is an obvious truth. The terrorist organization and its supporters want to prevent Sweden from joining NATO,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavusoglu said at the time.
Ankara also summoned the Nordic ambassador to the country to express its discontent about a meeting that took place outside Stockholm City Hall in which a group of Kurdish protesters simulated executing and hanging a doll symbolizing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkey called for action and not just verbal condemnation of these terrorist groups ( EFE)
In this regard, Minister Çavusoglu pointed out: “You cannot escape simply by condemning them” verbally.
However, the Swedish Prime Minister, Ulf Kristersson, described the fact as “very serious” and considered that his country is still in a “good situation” for Turkey to ratify its accession.
Also A few days ago, Kristersson explained that they are evaluating Ankara's requests within the framework of his government's convictions. “Sweden has legislation on extraditions and we stuck to it. Turkey has made demands and they are being studied the way they have to be studied,” he said.
Ulf Kristersson assured that Ankara's demands are being studied in way in which they have to be studied (REUTERS)
For her part, Finnish Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, said on Tuesday that “good steps” are being taken in after Ankara lifts its veto.
Along with Turkey, Hungary is the second and last country that has not yet given the go-ahead for both countries to Nordics can join the Atlantic Alliance. Although they have promised to do so in the coming weeks, the lifting of their veto has been pending since the provision was approved at the NATO summit in Madrid last June.
(With information from EFE)