America: Turkey has not asked for concessions on the accession of Finland and Sweden

The US confirmed on Tuesday that it has made no concessions to Turkey to ensure it gives the via free to Sweden and Finland to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization at the start of the NATO summit in Madrid.

A senior US administration official told reporters on Tuesday that the Turkish side has not asked the Americans to make a specific concession on the matter.

The official, who asked not to be identified, said Turkey’s decision “provides a strong impetus” to NATO unity.

Quartet meeting and memorandum of understanding

This came after Turkey announced on Tuesday evening that it had supported Finland and Sweden’s candidacy for NATO membership after negotiations with the two countries.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinistö and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersen on Tuesday afternoon, just hours before the official opening of the NATO summit in the Spanish capital, Madrid.

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The meeting led the three countries to sign a memorandum of understanding confirming Turkey’s approval for Sweden and Finland to join the alliance.

Fears of Ankara

Interestingly, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö announced that Turkey had agreed to support his country’s and Sweden’s joint application for NATO membership.

A few months ago, Turkey expressed fears about the two countries ‘accession and made demands that included “stopping support for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party”, which it classifies as a terrorist, and the handover of wanted Kurds and dissidents who are been embraced by Stockholm and Helsinki to the Ankara authorities.

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