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Newsline: Top diplomats from Finland, Sweden and Turkey hold talks in Berlin

Foreign ministers from Finland, Sweden and Turkey hold clear the air talks in Berlin on Saturday to resolve disagreements over Finnish and Swedish plans to join NATO, as the alliance meets against the backdrop of the Ukraine war. The Nordic states are gearing up to apply for membership of the 30-strong transatlantic alliance in response to what they see as a fundamentally altered security situation due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. That has drawn threats of retaliation from Moscow and objections from NATO member Turkey. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters as he arrived in Berlin that it was “unacceptable and outrageous” that prospective new NATO members gave support to the PKK Kurdish militant group, potentially complicating the alliance’s enlargement. “A big majority of the Turkish people are against the membership of those countries … and are asking us to block this membership,” he said. (https://uk.investing.com/news/world-news/finland-turkey-to-hold-talks-as-nato-ministers-gather-2648802) Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavesto said he was confident in the end a solution would be found. Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde told Swedish news agency TT she would seek to sort out any misunderstandings.

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