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Reuters: No progress in NATO talks

According to Reuters, the NATO talks between Turkish officials and delegations from Sweden and Finland, held in Turkey this week, did not make much progress.

Senior Turkish state official on Friday Reuters“This is not an easy process. They need to take difficult and concrete steps. More negotiations will take place, but a new date does not seem very close,” he told .

Another official said that there was no clear progress in the talks held on Wednesday and that there is no timetable for their continuation, adding that it is highly likely that Turkey will still oppose its membership bids at NATO’s June 29-30 summit in Madrid.

He added that the five-hour meeting was cordial.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Delegations from Sweden and Finland, where Turkey is opposed to NATO membership, came to Ankara and met with the delegation chaired by İbrahim Kalın and Sedat Önal.

Finland and Sweden formally applied to join NATO last week to boost their security in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

All 30 NATO members must also approve the application. Turkey objected to this application, saying that the Nordic countries harbor people affiliated with what it calls “terrorist groups” and that they have stopped arms exports to Ankara.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Friday that his country expects Sweden and Finland to take concrete steps.

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