RIA Novosti: negotiations on the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO postponed

Negotiations between Turkey, Sweden and Finland on joining NATO have been postponed indefinitely at the request of Ankara, transmits RIA Novosti, citing a source.

“At our request, the tripartite mechanism between Turkey, Sweden and Finland was canceled for an indefinite period,” the source said. The next meeting under the mechanism was to be held in Brussels in February.

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto previously admitted the possibility of further consideration of the country's application for NATO membership without Sweden, if obstacles arise again and again.

In 2022, Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO. The only countries from which they did not receive approval for this move were Turkey and Hungary. According to the agreements signed in June, Stockholm and Helsinki promised Ankara to investigate and stop any funding and recruitment activities of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), recognized as terrorist in Turkey. In addition, Sweden and Finland pledged to consider Turkey's requests for the extradition of suspected terrorists, while Stockholm separately announced the tightening of anti-terrorism legislation in the country.

The day before, on January 23, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Sweden should no longer wait for support for its application to join NATO from Turkey after the scandalous actions in Stockholm. In particular, on January 21, Danish politician Rasmus Paludan, leader of the anti-Islamic Hard Deal party, burned the Koran in front of the Turkish embassy.

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