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  • Updated: February 02, 2023

Finland, Sweden To Discuss NATO Bid Following Turkey’s Refusal

Finland, Sweden To Discuss NATO Bid Following Turkey’s Ref

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The Prime Ministers of Sweden and Finland are scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss their stalled NATO process.

This comes after the recent tensions between Sweden and Turkey, which made Finland consider entering the bloc separately.

Turkey has long criticised Sweden for housing members of various terrorist organizations. And tensions escalated between both after a range of anti-Turkey and anti-Islam provocations in Sweden.

Also, in one of the acts that took place in Sweden, a far-right activist burned a Quran outside the Turkish Embassy.

Following the incidents, Turkey’s President Recep Erdoğan said on Wednesday that his country looks positively on Finland's application for NATO membership but does not support Sweden's bid.

Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. All NATO members except Turkey and Hungary have ratified their accession, and all members must do so to give in for Finland and Sweden.

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