Image of Pekka Haavisto signing Finland’s NATO application in 2022. Credit: Wikipedia – By Laura Kotila / valtioneuvoston kanslia – https://www.flickr.com/photos/finnishgovernment/52080284686/, CC BY 2.0, https:/ /commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=118238485

After Turkey threatened to block Sweden’s NATO application, Finland could launch a solo application to join the Alliance.

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto assured today, Tuesday, January 24, that his country’s priority is to join NATO at the same time as Sweden. However, he admitted that for the first time since he applied, Helsinki might reconsider this position if the Swedish app is blocked by Turkey.

He continued: “However, we have to reassess the situation and see if anything has happened that would prevent the Swedish project from going ahead in the long term. It is still too early to take a position on the matter,” Haavisto stressed.

The Finnish chancellor admitted that the Recent protests in Sweden against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoganwith him burning of the quran by a far-right have clearly slowed down the accession process of the two Nordic countries to NATO.

According to Haavisto, the aim of the protesters is to provoke Turkey and influence the opinion of citizens and politicians to prevent entry. “These protesters are playing with the security of Finland and Sweden,” he denounced.

Shortly before his announcement, the Turkish authorities canceled a planned visit to Ankara by Swedish Defense Minister Pal Jonson. He was due to meet with officials to discuss Turkey’s veto on the Scandinavian country’s entry into NATO.

Turkey and Hungary are the only two members of the Alliance that have not yet ratified the entry of Sweden and Finland, which was approved at the NATO summit held in Madrid last June, according to a report 20minutos.es.

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