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Finland Sees Istanbul Blast Blamed on Kurds Hindering NATO Talks

  • Erdogan has right to raise issue in NATO talks, Haavisto says
  • Turkey bombed Kurdish targets in retaliation for deadly attack
Emergency personnel investigate the scene after an explosion occurred on Istiklal street, in Istanbul, Nov. 13. 

Emergency personnel investigate the scene after an explosion occurred on Istiklal street, in Istanbul, Nov. 13. 

Photographer: Burak Kara/Getty Images

Last week’s terrorist attack in Istanbul will reinforce Turkey’s concerns over Kurdish terrorism, with consequences for the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO, according to Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto.

The two Nordic countries’ applications to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization were already facing resistance from Turkey on the grounds that they aren’t adequately cracking down on Kurdish groups.