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How Sweden and Finland Made Cut for NATO After Coffee Break Chat

  • Turkey drops veto over membership bid after deal on security
  • Andersson says joining will be a boost for NATO’s security
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NATO Moves Closer to Finland, Sweden Membership
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The talks with the Turkish president had been going around in circles for hours on Tuesday afternoon when the delegations decided to take a breather. 

At stake was whether Sweden and Finland would be able to move forward with their applications to join NATO and ahead of the meeting their expectations had been limited. Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan was reiterating his demands that his counterparts from Stockholm and Helsinki crack down on Kurdish groups that Ankara views as terrorists in order to lift his veto on their accession. That looked politically impossible.