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Turkey withdraws its opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO

Jun 29, 2022 (Good Practice Funds) Turkey has agreed to remove its objection toward Sweden as well as Finland joining NATO to end an impasse that had slowed the leaders’ summit that was scheduled to begin in Madrid in the midst of Europe’s biggest security crisis since the beginning of time that was triggered by the war in Ukraine.

After a series of urgent high-level discussions with the top leaders of the three countries, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that “we are now in agreement that will allow Finland as well as Sweden to be a part of NATO.” He described it as “a historic step.”

As one of the most devastating effects of President Vladimir Putin’s incursion of Ukraine has forced Sweden as well as Finland to end their long-held non-aligned status and be a part of NATO to protect themselves from an ever-increasingly aggressive and unpredictable Russia that has a long-distance boundary with Finland. According to NATO agreements, any attack on any of its members is considered to be as an attack against all members and could trigger a response from all members of the alliance.

NATO is a consensus-based organization It is a consensus-based organization. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had threatened to oppose NATO’s work. Nordic pair, demanding they modify their position regarding Kurdish rebel groups which Turkey considers terrorists. After weeks of diplomacy, and many hours of discussions on Tuesday Finnish president Sauli Niinisto declared that the three leaders had agreed to sign a joint document to end the impasse. Turkey declared that it “got what it desired” with “full co-operation … with the battle for independence” those groups that are rebels. Stoltenberg announced that leaders of the alliance of 30 nations will send an official invitation to two countries to join the alliance on Wednesday. The invitation must be approved by each of the individual countries, but Stoltenberg declared he was “absolutely certain” Finland and Sweden would join the alliance, which could be completed within a few months.

Swedish PM Magdalena Andersson said the agreement was “good for Finland as well as Sweden. Also, it’s beneficial to NATO.” She suggested that the formal procedure of becoming a member must be completed “the sooner, the more efficient.” “But there are 30 parliaments that have to give their approval to this and who knows,” Andersson told the Associated Press.

Turkey welcomed the agreement on Tuesday as a major victory, stating that the Nordic nations were in agreement to clamp down on those who Ankara believes pose a threat to national security such as PKK, the Kurdistan Workers’ Movement known as the PKK as well as the PKK’s Syrian extension. They also were able to agree “not to impose embargos in the defence sector” for Turkey in addition to taking “concrete steps to facilitate the exile of terrorist criminals.” Turkey has demanded Finland as well as Sweden extradite wanted persons and ease restrictions on arms following Turkey’s military incursion into the northwestern part of Syria.


Turkey has, on the other hand, also agreed “to be a part of the 2022 Madrid Summit the invitation of Finland and Sweden to join NATO.” Specific details of the terms of the agreement were not clear. Amineh Kakabaveh, an independent Swedish lawmaker of Kurdish origin, whose support the government relies on to secure an overwhelming majority in the Parliament declared it “worrisome that Sweden hasn’t made clear what pledges they have made to Erdogan.”

Andersson rejected claims Sweden and Finland were settling too easily. In response to a question about whether the Swedish people will view the agreement as a concession to matters like extraditions for Kurdish militants, who are considered in Ankara as terrorists Andersson declared “they will be able to see this as beneficial to the safety of Sweden.”


U.S. President Joe Biden expressed his gratitude to the three nations for taking a “crucial move.” There has been speculation of the U.S. role in ending the impasse an official from the administration stated that Washington didn’t offer some concessions or concessions to Turkey to convince it to agree to a deal. However, the official claimed that it was the U.S. that played a crucial role in bringing two sides closer and Biden talked to Erdogan on Tuesday morning on the advice by Sweden as well as Finland to promote the talks.

The agreement was signed at the beginning of a key summit that was marked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine which will determine the tone of the alliance in the next few years. The summit kicked off with a meal for leaders which was hosted by King Felipe VI in the 18th-century Royal Palace of Madrid. The top priority in discussions during the Wednesday or Thursday sessions is enhancing defenses against Russia and assisting Ukraine.

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