HELSINKI — Turkish President Recep Erdogan stated Friday that Turkey is not favorable to Finland and Sweden joining NATO. This indicated that Turkey could use its membership of the Western military alliance to veto any moves to admit these two countries.
“We have been following the developments in Sweden and Finland but are not inclined to support them,” Erdogan said to reporters. The Turkish leader explained why he was opposed by citing Sweden’s and other Scandinavian countries support for Kurdish militants, and others Turkey considers terrorists.
He stated that he did not want Turkey to repeat its past “mistakes” in admitting Greece to NATO’s military branch in 1980.. He claimed that the actions allowed Greece to “take an attitude against Turkey” by taking NATO behind them .”
Erdogan didn’t say explicitly that he would block any attempt by the Nordic countries to join NATO. However, NATO makes all its decisions through consensus. This means that each of the 30 members has the potential to veto who can join.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that Sweden and Finland, should they apply for membership to the world’s largest security organization, would be received with open arms.
The accession procedure could be done in “a couple of weeks,” several NATO officials have said, although it could take around 6 months for member countries to ratify the accession protocol.
Meanwhile. A report from the Swedish government about the changing security environment in the Nordic countries after Russia’s invasion suggests that Moscow will react negatively to Sweden joining NATO. It also proposes several counter-measures.
The Swedish government’s security policy analysis, which w