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Born: Turkey, less problems with Finland than with Sweden


"The situation with Finland is less problematic than with Sweden." (HANDLE)

(ANSA) - ISTANBUL, JAN 26 - "The situation with Finland is less problematic than with Sweden".

This was stated by the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, during a press conference broadcast by the state TV Trt, speaking of the accession process of the two Scandinavian countries to NATO which Turkey has not yet ratified.

    However, Ankara is not examining the two candidacies separately, Cavusoglu said, adding that the burning of the Koran in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm led to the cancellation of a summit between Turkish, Swedish and Finnish officials scheduled in Brussels and that for now there is no a new scheduled date.

"One of the reasons for this gesture is to prevent Sweden's entry into NATO", said Cavusoglu, speaking of the burning of the Koran in the Swedish capital, "it is Sweden that must decide whether it wants to join the Atlantic Alliance", added the Turkish minister, affirming that "by allowing this despicable act the Swedish government took part in the crime".

    According to Cavusoglu, Stockholm still "doesn't take action" regarding distancing itself from terrorism, and the extradition of some militants, whom Ankara is asking to ratify the Scandinavian countries' accession protocols to NATO.


Source: ansa

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