Amid the Russian-Ukrainian war, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters that integrating Sweden and Finland into NATO would strengthen the alliance . Blinken noted at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on June 1 that the United States strongly supported the candidacies of Finland and Sweden and that the two nations were more qualified to join the alliance as full members as soon as possible.
They will strengthen NATO by joining, and the union looks forward to quickly integrating them into the most powerful defensive alliance in history, he added. Stoltenberg agreed with Blinken, adding that Finland’s and Sweden’s plans to seek NATO membership are historic and will strengthen the alliance. However, in response to Turkey’s reservations about the candidacy of the Nordic nations, he stressed that NATO must take into account the security concerns of all allies.
Blinken said, “The United States strongly supports the candidacies of Finland and Sweden. Both countries are more than qualified to become full members of the Alliance as soon as possible. By joining NATO, they will strengthen NATO. the most powerful defensive Alliance in history.”
“Finland’s and Sweden’s decisions to apply for NATO membership are historic, and they will strengthen our Alliance. We must address the security concerns of all Allies, and I am confident that we will find the way forward. together,” Stoltenberg noted. .
Turkey concerned about Nordic ties to Kurdish extremist groups
Last month, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan sparked international outrage when he announced he would block Stockholm and Helsinki’s admission to NATO over allegations that the Nordic countries were harboring linked ‘terrorists’ to Kurdish extremist groups. In addition, Stoltenberg called Turkey an “essential ally” and cited its participation in the war against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, despite the fact that the fight against the extremist Islamist group in the Middle East is at the heart. of Ankara’s dissatisfaction with NATO. .
Speaking in parliament in Ankara on Wednesday, Erdogan also blamed Sweden and Finland for “supporting terrorists” and said the intergovernmental military alliance is a security bloc that does not support terrorist groups. He also accused Sweden and Finland of harboring terrorist centers on their territories.
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