Finland ‘convinced’ to overcome Turkey’s NATO protests
BERLIN: Finland believes it can find a “solution” with Turkey to end Ankara’s opposition to joining NATO, the EU country’s foreign minister said on Saturday.
Prior to talks with NATO members, including Turkey, in Berlin, Pekka Havisto said she was “confident that in the end we will find a solution and that Finland (and) Sweden will become a member of NATO”.
Referring to a phone call launched by the Finnish President to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the minister said that “it is very important that we communicate with our neighbour” even though “we are not at all responsible for our political moves”. Don’t ask permission”.
Moscow’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine has turned political and public opinion in Finland and neighboring Sweden in favor of NATO membership as a deterrent against Russian aggression.
The two countries have long cooperated with the Western Military Alliance and are expected to join in soon.
Underlining the tense situation, the minister stressed that it was important for as many NATO members as possible to “declare clear support” for Finland as it files its application for its final accession.
, Finland ‘convinced’ to overcome Turkey’s NATO protests
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