December 6, 2022

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Turkey withdrew its veto on the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO

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Turkey has Approved To support the demands of Sweden and Finland to join NATO, and to withdraw the veto previously announced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who made some demands to the two countries before agreeing to their accession. Erdogan accused Sweden and Finland of supporting and welcoming members of some Kurdish organizations, especially the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which the president and his party consider terrorist organizations.

Turkey, Sweden and Finland signed an agreement “to offer their full support against threats to mutual security” after their foreign ministers attended the NATO meeting. I started Tuesday 28 June in Madrid.

The Turkish president said in a statement that he got “what he wants” from Sweden and Finland. In doing so, the two candidate countries committed themselves to “full cooperation with Turkey in the war” against the PKK and its “associated movements”. Erdogan also said Sweden and Finland would take “concrete measures to extradite terrorist criminals” from their countries and “ban the fundraising and recruitment activities of the PKK and its affiliates.” Moreover, Sweden and Finland pledged not to impose restrictions on arms exports to Turkey.

“I am pleased to announce that we have an agreement that paves the way for Finland and Sweden to join NATO” and addresses “Turkey’s concerns about arms exports and counter-terrorism,” said BORN Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

The NATO meeting that began on Tuesday in Madrid is the most important in decades: due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, NATO will decide to deploy thousands of new soldiers and carry out the largest military reorganization on European soil since the end of World War II. cold War. The entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO is considered the most important expansion of the alliance in recent decades, and is particularly important for two reasons: their strategic location, on the Baltic Sea and on the border with Russia, and their historical position of neutrality, which was radically changed after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Coinciding with the NATO meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled abroad for the first time since the war, heading to Tajikistan as the first stop on a tour of meetings with leaders of Central Asian countries. try Russia to get out of the economic and political isolation imposed by the West. Putin will travel to Turkmenistan on Wednesday and will also speak with the leaders of Iran and Azerbaijan.