Finland and Sweden vow to join NATO together in United Front to Turkey



The prime ministers of Finland and Sweden announced on Friday that they will both join NATO simultaneously, putting an unified face towards Turkey, which had questioned their applications.

In May, the Nordic neighbours submitted an application to join the alliance in reaction to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but Turkey objected, charging the two of harbouring terrorist organisations.

Sanna Marin, the prime minister of Finland, said on Friday that the president of Turkey had informed her that he had more inquiries for Sweden than for his own nation. She did, however, promise not to abandon Sweden in the process.

At a joint press conference with his Swedish colleague in Helsinki, Marin said that it was crucial for Finland and Sweden to join NATO together.

On October 6, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that his nation continued to reject Sweden’s request.

Ulf Kristersson, the next prime minister of Sweden, stated: “So far, we have taken all the stages together, and none of us have any other desire.”

He promised to meet Erdogan shortly. He said, “It is quite appropriate for Turkey to get assurance that Sweden is carrying out the obligations Sweden has accepted under the Agreement.

According to sources cited by the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet on Friday, Turkey has invited Kristersson to a bilateral meeting in Ankara, most likely on November 8.

Requests for response from Kristersson’s representative were not immediately fulfilled.

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