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Turkey Says Position on NATO Won’t Change in Blow to June Summit

  • Erdogan wants ‘clear, concrete’ steps from Sweden and Finland
  • NATO wanted to begin accession talks around Madrid meet
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Recep Tayyip ErdoganPhotographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Turkey is maintaining its opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO unless they address its security concerns, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, leaving little hope that enlargement of the bloc could get underway by a summit this month.  

Finland and Sweden sought entry into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization following Russia’s attack on Ukraine, only to have their bids immediately stalled by Turkey, which is demanding they do more to clamp down on Kurdish groups it views as terrorists.