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Swedish, Finnish leaders set to meet Erdogan in push to join NATO

Finland and Sweden's bid to join has been blocked by Turkey, who accuses the two countries of providing support to terrorist groups

FILED - 11 March 2022, Turkey, Antalya: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Antalya Diplomacy Forum. Photo: -/NATO/dpa - ATTENTION: editorial use only and only if the credit mentioned above is referenced in full.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Antalya Diplomacy Forum. Photo: NATO.

Finnish and Swedish leaders will meet with Turkey's president in Madrid on the eve of a NATO summit this week, as the two Nordic countries press their case for membership in the security alliance against resistance from Ankara.

Preparatory work for the Tuesday talks between Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to start in Brussels on Monday.

The Finnish presidential office said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is also expected at the meeting.

Finland and Sweden set aside their policies of military non-alignment and neutrality in the wake of Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine, with large percentages of the country's populations saying they would feel safer in NATO.

But their bid to join has been blocked by Turkey so far. Erdogan accuses the two countries of providing support to terrorist groups banned in Turkey, such as the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party and the YPG, a Kurdish militia based in Syria. Both countries dispute the Turkish claims.

Swedish, Finnish leaders set to meet Erdogan in push to join NATO
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