Finland and Sweden formally applied to join NATO in May, but Türkiye voiced objections to their bids, accusing the two Nordic countries of tolerating and even supporting terrorist groups.
To help Ukraine's 43 million people maintain their resolve in fighting — now on its 280th day — NATO allies are considering sending Patriot missiles, angering Russia, and boosting provisions of blankets, generators and other basic necessities.
Cavusoglu is also expected to meet with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, among his counterparts from NATO member states in Bucharest.
Sweden should not be a place where people who finance terrorism find a safe haven "precisely because their activities are not aimed at Sweden but at Türkiye," says PM Kristersson.
According to diplomatic sources, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto spoke over the phone about the NATO enlargement process and the latest developments in Ukraine.
NATO secretary general says Nordic countries should bolster collaboration with Türkiye as it fights terror groups — the PKK and its variants as well as FETO.
Lawmakers vote in favour to fortify "anti-terrorism law", paving way for easier criminal proceedings against members of PKK/YPG, FETO and other terror outfits — part of a deal with Ankara to approve NATO membership bids of Stockholm and Helsinki.
President Erdogan tells NATO chief Stoltenberg that measures by both Nordic nations against PKK terror group and its affiliates would determine how fast Ankara will ratify their memberships, says Turkish presidency.
During his three-day visit, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is expected to meet top Turkish officials including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
It is in both Türkiye and Sweden's common interest to prevent terror groups from taking hostage the Nordic country's bid to enter NATO, Turkish President Erdogan tells Swedish Prime Minister Kristersson in a phone call.
Turkish officials will reiterate their request that Finland extradite members of the PKK and FETO terrorist groups at a meeting in Ankara.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is still hopeful that he will bring Russian and Ukrainian presidents to the negotiation table for regional peace.
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