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Turkey Drops Agenda To Block Sweden’s And Finland’s Nato’s Bid

Sweden and Finland’s application for membership into the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) was enhanced as a deal addressing Turkey’s concerns that necessitated her objections to the two Nordic countries bid(in the first place) was struck on the eve of NATO’s Summit ongoing in Madrid. 

Announcing the deal on the evening of Tuesday 28th June, NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said;
“I am pleased to announce that we now have an agreement that paves the way for Finland and Sweden to join Nato.”
“Turkey, Finland and Sweden have signed a memorandum that addresses Turkey’s concerns, including around arms exports and the fight against terrorism,” he added.

NATO announced the tripartite agreement was struck during the meeting between Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s President, The Swedish Prime Minister, Magdalena Andersson and  President Sauli Niinistö of Finland, in the Spanish capital.
Prime Minister Anderson while speaking with reporters said it is a “very good agreement”.
“Taking the next step toward a full Nato membership is of course important for Sweden and Finland. But it’s also a very important step for Nato, because our countries will be security providers within Nato,” 
“And of course, we will continue our fight against terrorism and as Nato members also do so with closer cooperation with Turkey,” she continued.
 
Sweden and Finland had been unwilling to pursue Nato membership, mainly due to the intertwined public opinion of their citizens on the issue and their bid to be cautionary around their security relationship with Russia. But they threw that caution to the wind when Russia launched an unprovoked Military War on Ukraine in February. This prompted both countries to apply for NATO’s Membership. 

The two Nordic countries are participating in the ongoing NATO Summit as invitees. This move is viewed by experts as a technical step towards becoming full members of the bloc, only subject to member states ratification.
 
Ankara had opposed Finland and Sweden’s membership to the bloc because it considers both countries as staunch supporters of the Kurdish groups it designates as terrorist organisations, in particular the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). So it sought to use it’s veto to block the process as NATO operations as an organisation is consensual among member state.
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