Erdogan says Turkey will not approve Finnish and Swedish membership of NATO
The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has said he will not approve Finland and Sweden joining NATO.
Reuters is reporting he has said Swedish and Finnish delegations should not bother coming to Turkey to convince Turkey to approve their NATO bids.
Finland and Sweden, while both NATO partners, have long viewed membership as an unnecessary provocation of Russia, their powerful eastern neighbor. Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, however, has led to a radical rethink of their security policies.
Membership of NATO would require ratification by all existing members.
Turkey has been a NATO member since 1952 and its membership remains a cornerstone of its foreign policy towards western countries.