Emmanuel Macron will try to change Turkey’s position on the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO. The president will therefore meet this Thursday with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who threatens to veto the accession of these two Nordic countries to the Atlantic Alliance.

This interview will take place at 11:30 a.m. in Paris by telephone, added the French presidency, which specified that Emmanuel Macron was at Fort de Brégançon, where he will stay for a few days, Thursday being a public holiday in France. Turkey opened a crisis within NATO, of which it is a member, by opposing the extension of the organization to these two countries which asked to join the Alliance after the Russian invasion of the Ukraine and received the support of the overwhelming majority of member states. Finland, in particular, shares 1,300 km of land border with Russia.

Turkey wants pledges on its security concerns

Ankara warned on Wednesday that it would not agree to the accession of Sweden and Finland without having obtained “concrete measures” from them concerning its security concerns, after having received delegations of diplomats from these two countries. .

Turkey accuses the Nordic countries, particularly Sweden, which has a large community of Turkish exiles, of harboring Kurdish militants from the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which it considers a terrorist organization. She also denounces the presence of supporters of the preacher Fethullah Gülen, whom she suspects of having orchestrated the coup attempt of July 2016.

Ankara today asks the two countries to “take concrete steps” concerning “the organizational, financial and media presence of terrorist organizations”, affirmed the spokesperson for the Turkish presidency and close to President Erdogan.

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