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Erdogan says Turkey not supportive of Finland, Sweden joining NATO

The Jerusalem Post reports: “President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday it was not possible for NATO-member Turkey to support plans by Sweden and Finland to join the pact, saying the Nordic countries were ‘home to many terrorist organizations.’

Finland’s plan to apply for NATO membership, announced Thursday, and the expectation that Sweden will follow, would bring about the expansion of the Western military alliance that Russian President Vladimir Putin aimed to prevent by launching the Ukraine invasion.

‘We are following the developments regarding Sweden and Finland, but we don’t hold positive views,’ Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul, adding it was a mistake for NATO to accept Greece as a member in the past.

Turkey has been officially supportive of enlargement since it joined NATO 70 years ago. Any decision on enlargement must be made by unanimous agreement of its members…”

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