NATO officials ‘confident’ on Swedish, Finnish membership bids despite Turkish reservations

BERLIN — Turkish concerns will not derail the ambitions of Finland and Sweden to join NATO, senior alliance officials said on Sunday.

Ankara has accused the two Nordic countries of supporting Kurdish groups, throwing a spanner into the plans of Helsinki and Stockholm for quick NATO accession following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

“Countries supporting terrorism should not be allies in NATO,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Sunday following talks with the alliance’s foreign ministers in Berlin.

NATO membership requires support from all current 30 allies, including Turkey. 

Speaking to reporters following the talks, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg sought to play down any risks to swift membership for Finland and

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