There is no objective reason to prevent Finland and Sweden from joining NATO, such actions would be a pretext for isolation in the alliance, Weber warned. Earlier Erdogan called Sweden a “guest house” for terrorists The European Parliament threatened Turkey with isolation due to its position on NATO” />
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If any NATO member prevents Finland and Sweden from joining the alliance, this will be a reason for isolating this country within the bloc, Manfred Weber, leader of the European People's Party, the largest faction in the European Parliament, told WAZ.
“Anyone who whoever questions the unity of NATO will be isolated within the Commonwealth. <…> If the two countries want it themselves, then Finland and Sweden are part of it, this is out of the question. There is no apparent reason to delay or block this,— said the politician.
In mid-May, Finland made a formal decision to join NATO, and a similar step is being considered in Sweden. However, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that he did not see the “positive” in these plans. According to him, Sweden and Finland have become a “guest house” for terrorist organizations. The Turkish people are asking the country's authorities to block Finland's and Sweden's applications to join NATO, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on May 14. He added that the country's position is not bargaining, populism or a threat.
Ankara then explained that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), recognized as a terrorist organization in Turkey, is engaged in “fundraising and recruiting” in Europe, it is especially active in Sweden, and therefore the entry of these countries into the alliance has become “a matter of Turkey's national security.” ;. “We don't close the door,” — stressed the representative of the President of Turkey Ibrahim Kalin.
Ankara, Stockholm and Helsinki are negotiating on this issue, there is hope for a “good result”, announced on May 15 the head of the Croatian Foreign Ministry, Gordan Grlich-Radman.
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Russian Deputy Chairman to the UN Dmitry Polyansky added that these countries would become a possible target for a strike, provided that NATO units are deployed on their territory.
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