Turkey’s Erdogan to meet with leaders of Sweden, Finland before NATO summit

ISTANBUL, 28 June 2022, (TON): Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said “Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will attend a round of talks with the leaders of Sweden and Finland, as well as NATO on Tuesday ahead of the summit in Madrid.”

Finland and Sweden applied for NATO membership in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

But the bids have faced opposition from Turkey, which has been angered by what it says is Helsinki and Stockholm’s support for Kurdish militants and arms embargoes on Ankara.

Speaking to broadcaster Haberturk, Kalin said he and Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal would also attend another round of talks with Swedish and Finnish delegations in Brussels.

He said “there will be a four-way summit at the leader level with the attendance of our president in Madrid upon the request of the NATO secretary general.”

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