Foreign Minister Baerbock angered by Erdoğan’s NATO course

Turkish President Erdoğan has called Finland and Sweden “guesthouses for terrorist organizations”. Baerbock understands nothing of this: it strongly supports the accession of the two countries to NATO.

Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock expressed her irritation at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s statements regarding Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO membership. In fact, every democratic country should be satisfied that democracies with strong defense capabilities strengthen the common alliance, the green politician said after a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Weißenhaus on the Baltic Sea. She would “very, very strongly” support the membership of Finland and Sweden.

Baerbock stressed that NATO is not pushing Finland and Sweden to join, but rather the actions of the Russian president Vladimir Putin. Both countries are strong democracies that have lived in peace with all their neighbors for decades.

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Erdoğan tackles Sweden and Finland

The possible NATO membership of the two Nordic countries was to be discussed at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin from late Saturday afternoon. Erdoğan surprisingly dismissed the issue on Friday. “We are currently monitoring developments regarding Sweden and Finland, but we do not have a positive view on them,” he said. Scandinavian countries are almost “guesthouses for terrorist organizations” like the banned Kurdish workers’ party, the PKK.

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