Turkiye may veto Sweden’s and Finland’s NATO memberships

Press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Pekka Haavisto and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ann Linde

Sweden and Finland plan to join NATO against Russian membership. Polls show that population of both countries want the membership more than ever.

However, whether Turkiye, a NATO member, will welcome their application is not clear yet. Swedish government openly supports PKK and and its Syrian branch YPG. Despite that Turkish authorities condemned Sweden’s warm relations with YPG and political support, the Swedish side did not step back.

On the other hand, Finland did not sell some components used by Turkish defense companies. Though not being vital parts, Finland’s move was assumed as hostile by Turkish officials.

Analysts predict that Turkey may veto both countries’ application, particularly that of Sweden, because of their unfriendly foreign policies.

A Turkish official said an enemy’s friend can hardly be a friend, so Turkiye had better not to accept their application.

While Turkish government is yet to comment on the case, it hints its displeasure with both countries’  likely membership.

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