Why Turkey Might Try To Block Sweden, Finland Joining NATO

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has raised an obstacle to the NATO aspirations of Finland and Sweden, saying that he would not back them joining the pact, which requires unanimous agreement among all its members.

A day after Helsinki announced plans that it would seek to join the security bloc that Ankara has been a member of for 70 years, Erdoğan said on Friday, “we don’t hold positive views,” of the proposed membership of Finland and Sweden.

He also said the Nordic countries were “guesthouses for terrorist organizations,” Reuters reported.

“They are even members of the parliament in some countries,” he said. “It is not possible for us to be in favor.”

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