NATO responds to Turkey’s concerns over Sweden and Finland – Stoltenberg
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he was “confident that we will take a quick decision to welcome Sweden and Finland into the NATO family” despite Turkey’s opposition to the two Nordic countries joining NATO. 30-member military alliance.
Mr Stoltenberg would not be drawn further on the substance of Turkey’s objections, but he said NATO remained in close contact with Sweden, Finland and Turkey.
“We respond to the concerns expressed by Turkey. Because when an important ally (like) Turkey raises security issues, raises issues, then of course the only way to sort it out is to sit down and find common ground,” he said. he told reporters.
Finland and Sweden officially applied on Wednesday to join the world’s largest security organization.
An initial meeting of NATO ambassadors to discuss their candidacies failed to reach a consensus on whether to move forward.
The NATO chief was in Copenhagen and met Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Danish Defense Minister Morten Bodskov.