Finnish Foreign Minister Peka Haavisto has said in Berlin that his country intends to apply for NATO membership next week, if Parliament decides on Monday.
He also noted that Finnish President Sauli Niinisto spoke by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin to inform him of Helsinki’s intentions, while he himself spoke with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Tsavusoglu in order to “fall” , which was provoked by the reservations expressed by the Turkish side about the possibility of joining the Alliance of Finland and Sweden.
“I spoke with Mevlüt Tsavousoglou and we will meet today. “I am optimistic that we will find a solution,” said Haavisto, attending an informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin.
Answering a relevant question, he noted that there are many issues that a member state may be concerned with in view of Finland’s accession and therefore the process can take months.
“And of course all member states have the potential to prevent or delay accession,” he added.
During this period, he stressed, the guarantees of other member states for the security of the country are important, as, as he said, it will not be covered by Article 5 of the NATO Treaty.
“We are not asking for Moscow’s permission”
Regarding a possible reaction from Russia, Mr. Khavisto stressed that the two countries share a peaceful common border and “we want to keep it that way”, while he clarified that “we do not ask permission” from Moscow, but we communicate.
He expressed the belief that in the end, both Finland and Sweden would become members of the Alliance.
Ankara: Yes, but …
Earlier, Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s adviser Ibrahim Kalin told Reuters in an interview that Turkey had not closed its NATO door to Finland and Sweden.
However, he added that Ankara wants negotiations with these two Nordic countries, as well as the suppression of “terrorist activities”, especially in Stockholm.
“We are not closing the door. “But we are basically raising this issue as a national security issue for Turkey,” said Kalin, who is the Turkish president’s top foreign policy adviser.
Erdogan surprised NATO members and the two Nordic countries seeking to join the alliance, saying yesterday, Friday, that Finland and Sweden joining NATO would be a “mistake” and that it was not possible for Turkey to support the enlargement of the Alliance, because these two countries are a refuge for “many terrorist organizations”.
Any country seeking to join the North Atlantic Alliance needs the unanimous support of all its members. The United States and other member states are trying to clarify Ankara’s position.
Kalin claimed that the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU) was raising funds and recruiting in Europe and that its presence was “strong and open and recognized”, especially in Sweden. .
“What needs to be done is clear: they must stop allowing gas stations, activities, organizations, individuals and other PKK presence in these countries,” Kalin said.
“Joining NATO is always a process. We will see how things go. “But this is the first point at which we want to draw the attention of all the allies as well as the Swedish authorities.” “Of course we want to have a discussion, a negotiation with Swedish counterparts.”
Turkey is urging NATO to “address the concerns of all members, not just some,” Kalin said.
Asked whether Turkey is considered to be over-indulging in wartime bargains, and while public opinion in Finland and Sweden supports NATO membership, Erdogan’s spokesman said: “One hundred percent of our population is very worried about the PKK’s presence. and FETO (Gulenists) in Europe “.
“If they (Finland and Sweden) have an audience that is concerned about their own national security, we also have an audience that is equally concerned about their own security,” he said. “We have to look at each other.”
Kalin stressed that Russia’s harsh criticism of Finland and Sweden’s plans did not affect Turkey in terms of its position.
Yesterday, however, Finnish Foreign Minister Peka Haavisto also announced his intention to “continue the discussion” with Turkish Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoλουlu.
“I think we need patience in these processes and this is not happening overnight … Let ‘s go step by step,” he said, noting that Finland has not yet officially announced its NATO bid.
Erdogan’s statement came as a surprise to Helsinki, as Haavisto has visited Turkey twice in recent months and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto spoke by telephone with Erdogan in early April.
Following the phone call, Niinisto wrote on Twitter: “Turkey supports Finland’s goals.”