Finland may get NATO application without Sweden
Majpority of Turkish people oppose Sweden's NATO membership after quran burning
Helsinki: Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said Tuesday that Finland might have to reconsider promoting a joint, simultaneous entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO if Sweden’s application is delayed much longer.
Joint entry with Sweden still remains the priority, with a view to the Finnish and Swedish security interests, Haavisto told an interview with the national broadcaster Yle on Tuesday.
In Ankara, a survey shows 92.5% of Turkish respondents are against Ankara’s greenlighting of Sweden’s membership in NATO following the controversial demonstration with the burning of the Quran in Stockholm. The survey was conducted by Turkish news agency Anadolu showed on Tuesday.
The poll was conducted via Twitter and surveyed 50,155 people. The results of the poll will be presented to the Swedish authorities, Anadolu said.
On May 18, three months after Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, Sweden and Finland applied for NATO membership, terminating decades of neutrality. Their accession protocols have already been ratified by all NATO members except Hungary and Turkey.
On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Sweden should not expect Turkish support for its bid to join NATO as the country’s far-right activists burned a copy of the Quran in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm after receiving a permission from the authorities. (UNI/SPUTNIK)