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Turkey-Sweden-Finland Talks on NATO Accession Postponed Indefinitely at Ankara's Request

NATO flag - Sputnik International, 1920, 24.01.2023
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier that Sweden should not count on Turkey's support of their NATO membership bid in the wake of the recent Quran-burning incident in Stockholm.
The trilateral talks between Turkey, Sweden and Finland regarding the NATO membership prospects of the latter two countries have been put on hold indefinitely at Ankara's behest.
A new round of these talks was expected to be held in February, a diplomatic source told Sputnik.
This development occurred in the aftermath of an incident on Saturday when Rasmus Paludan, head of Danish right-wing party Stram Kurs ("Hard Line") publicly burned a copy of the Quran in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm.
Flags of Finland, left, NATO and Sweden, right, are displayed during a ceremony to mark Sweden's and Finland's application for membership in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday May 18, 2022. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the military alliance stands ready to seize a historic moment and move quickly on allowing Finland and Sweden to join its ranks, after the two countries submitted their membership requests. (Johanna Geron/Pool via AP) - Sputnik International, 1920, 23.01.2023
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier that, in light of that incident, Sweden should not count on its NATO membership bid being supported by Turkey.
Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto has also suggested that the talks between Turkey, Sweden and Finland need to be paused for a while.
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