Finland and Sweden said on Wednesday that they will keep talking to Turkey about their NATO membership applications, but they did not indicate whether they had made any progress in overcoming Ankara’s concerns.
In reaction to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Nordic neighbors requested to join NATO last month, but Turkey has objected, accusing them of providing safe havens for Kurdish terrorists and demanding that they lift arms export limits.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will convene senior officials from Finland, Sweden, and Turkey in Brussels in the coming days.
A bid to join NATO requires unanimous backing from the alliance’s current 30 member states.
Haavisto gave no timeline for the ongoing talks with Ankara, but struck an optimistic note, and said he saw no need for legislative changes related to terrorism.
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