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Turkey blocks start of talks on Sweden and Finland's Nato bids

18:14, Wednesday, 18 May, 2022
Turkey blocks start of talks on Sweden and Finland's Nato bids

Turkey has blocked the start of Nato talks regarding Finland and Sweden's bids to join the allience, two sources told Middle East Eye.

At a Nato ambassadorial-level meeting on Wednesday in Belgium's Brussels, Turkey voted against commencing the discussion, citing its objection to the bid.

A source with knowledge of the matter said Turkey publicly made clear its objection to Finland and Sweden’s accession to Nato, and acted as it promised.

Finland and Sweden formally applied to join the Nato alliance on Wednesday.

All 30 of Nato's members need to approve their admission for it to be successful.

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