Sweden, Finland to hold talks with Turkey on NATO bids in autumn
Sweden and Finland will hold another round of negotiations with Turkey on their NATO accession in the autumn, the Finnish government said, according to the Helsinki Times.
The announcement of the schedule followed talks in the Finnish city of Vantaa on Friday, the newspaper reported on Sunday.
Turkey, Sweden and Finland are conducting the meetings after Turkey dropped its objections to the two countries’ membership of NATO in late June. Ankara says the Nordic countries must extradite scores of so-called terrorist suspects for trial in Turkish courts or face further delays to their accession to the Western military alliance.
The Finnish government said the next round of talks would continue at so-called expert level, just like Friday’s meeting.
Twenty-three of 30 members of NATO have completed formal procedures to welcome Sweden and Finland to the organisation. Turkey, Hungary, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have yet to ratify the move.
Sweden and Finland formally applied to join NATO in mid-May following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The countries had previously adopted a neutral stance towards NATO and Russia.
Turkey claims Sweden and Finland host members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is recognised as a terrorist group in Europe, and the clandestine religious movement of Fethullah Gülen. Ankara says the latter masterminded a failed military coup in 2016.