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NATO defense ministers will meet in Brussels next month as part of Finland and Sweden’s membership bid

The North Atlantic Council (NAC) is due to meet at defense minister level on Wednesday June 15 and Thursday June 16 at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Next month’s meeting of NATO defense ministers will be chaired by the alliance’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg. In addition, NATO said in a statement that a separate Ukraine Contact Group meeting, hosted by the United States, will also take place at NATO Headquarters on June 15.

NATO defense ministers are due to meet as Finland and Sweden go through formal procedures in their bid to join the alliance. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he was confident that Finland’s and Sweden’s applications to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) would go ahead despite Turkey’s objections. Blinken said, “Finland and Sweden are working directly with Turkey to address some of the concerns it has raised.”

“There is a very strong consensus within NATO for the admission of Finland and Sweden, and I remain convinced that we will quickly reach this process and that things will move forward with the two countries. “, added the US Secretary of State during the Finnish Foreign Minister. Pekka Haavisto’s visit to the State Department on Friday.

Turkey calls for ‘concrete steps’ to ease security concerns

As Sweden’s and Finland’s prospect of joining NATO receives support from the West, Turkey’s foreign minister says the two Nordic countries must now take “concrete steps” to allay the concerns of security of their country in order to overcome Ankara’s objections to their candidacy for NATO membership. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday that delegations from the two countries had returned home with Ankara’s demands after a visit this week. Turkey is now awaiting a response from Finland and Sweden.

It should be noted here that the candidacies of Finland and Sweden require the support of all NATO countries, but Turkey categorically opposes them citing its own concerns. Ankara has even alleged support for Kurdish militants Turkey considers terrorists and restrictions on arms sales to Turkey. The Finnish Foreign Minister said: “Turkey has raised some concerns regarding the PKK issue, terrorist issues which for the PKK is a banned organization in Finland.”

“We are part of these solutions in the European Union where terrorist organizations are listed. It is the same in Sweden and so on. And these are the answers that we give, of course, in this case to Turkey “, Haavisto added.

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