Vice-President of Turkey: Sweden and Finland did not meet Ankara's requirements for NATO membership

Vice-President of Turkey: Sweden and Finland did not meet Ankara's requirements for NATO membership

Turkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay said on CNN Türk that the Turkish authorities have not yet seen concrete steps from Sweden and Finland that would encourage Ankara to reconsider the position on the two Nordic countries' NATO membership, TASS reports.

"We are waiting for concrete actions from Sweden and Finland, but steps that would satisfy us have not been taken yet. We have not reached this stage yet, and when we reach it, there will be no questions", Oktay said.

By concrete steps, we mean the ban in Sweden and Finland on the activities of organizations that Turkey considers terrorist, and the provision of appropriate written commitments.

He added that NATO is a "security umbrella", so all countries included in the bloc assume obligations to protect common borders. Turkey does not want countries that support terrorist organizations to be within NATO borders, Oktay stressed.

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