FINLAND'S TOP DIPLOMAT HINTS AT JOINING NATO WITHOUT SWEDEN

Jan 24, 2023

By Jeremy Logan

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Finland’s top diplomat appears to have suggested that the country may have to join NATO without Sweden, after Turkey’s president cast doubt on expansion of the military alliance.

“We still have to consider the situation if it turns out that Sweden’s application is delaying for a long time to come,” said Pekka Haavisto, the foreign minister of Finland, in remarks to Finnish broadcaster YLE on Tuesday.

His remarks come a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan advised Sweden not to count on backing for its NATO membership application in the wake of protests by anti-Islam activists and pro-Kurdish groups over the weekend in Stockholm.

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