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Turkey's president confirms he is blocking Finland and Sweden from joining NATO

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Russian President Vladimir Putin with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, in 2014.
Russian President Vladimir Putin with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, in 2014.
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Turkey's president said he will block Sweden and Finland's bids to become NATO members, complicating a major shift in European geopolitics prompted by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday shared a video of an interview that he did on Wednesday on his Twitter account.

He said, according to a translation by Reuters: "We will continue our policy in a determined way. We have told allies that we will say no to Finland and Sweden's NATO membership."

Erdogan had previously suggested that he would block the bids of the two countries to join NATO. As a NATO member, Turkey has the power to veto any new countries joining.

Insider's John Haltiwanger previously reported that Erdogan hinted that he is looking for concessions, after which he would allow Sweden and Finland to join.

Turkey wants Finland and Sweden to extradite suspected Kurdish militants, and for other NATO members to end limits on weapons sales which Turkey objects to.

Sweden and Finland formally applied to join NATO this week. It could take weeks or months for them to become members.



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