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Turkey has once again made it clear that the NATO admission process cannot proceed without concrete action by Finland and Sweden. Sweden’s foreign minister said ahead of the NATO summit in Madrid that Sweden’s NATO accession would take some time.

Talks between Turkey, Finland and Sweden on the two northern European countries’ bid for NATO membership are continuing, but the NATO summit in Madrid at the end of June is not a deadline for a decision on Finland and Sweden joining the treaty organization, says the spokesman for the Turkish President, Ibrahim Kalin. He added that the admission process cannot proceed without concrete action by Finland and Sweden.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had previously announced that the NATO summit in Madrid would agree on renewed reinforcement of the alliance’s eastern flank. Stoltenberg met with officials from the three countries on Monday to try to make progress on the Nordic nations’ applications for membership. Although he described the talks as “constructive”, the Turkish representative made it clear that negotiations remained deadlocked. Ankara has accused Sweden and Finland of harboring the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is also classified as a terrorist organization by its western allies. Ankara has also demanded that the two countries lift their arms embargo on Turkey.

After talks among NATO countries in Brussels on the issue, Kalin said on Monday that Ankara expects Sweden in particular to take “immediate steps” against the PKK armed group in its country.

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin recently expressed her concern that if the issues are not resolved before the NATO summit in Madrid, “there is a risk that further negotiations will stall”. In the meantime, the German government has dampened hopes that Finland and Sweden would quickly join NATO. In view of the “historical dimension” of the admission of both countries, it “wouldn’t be a catastrophe if we needed a few more weeks,” said a government official in Berlin on Monday.

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde told Swedish media in Luxembourg on Monday that “we should be prepared for the fact that NATO admission will take some time”.

In the midst of the Ukraine war, Finland and Sweden want to become NATO members at the urging of the USA. Finland and Sweden have already officially applied to join NATO. Since then, however, Turkey has stood in the way of extorting concessions from the West on a geopolitical level.

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