Baerbock irritated by Erdoğan’s NATO course

Turkish President Erdoğan described Finland and Sweden as “guesthouses for terrorist organizations”. Baerbock shows no understanding for this: she supports the NATO accession of the two countries very much.

Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock expressed her irritation at statements by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan about Finland and Sweden joining NATO. Actually, every democratic country should be pleased that democracies with strong defense capabilities would make the joint alliance stronger, said the Green politician after a G7 foreign ministers’ meeting in Weissenhaus on the Baltic Sea. She would “very, very much support” the accession of Finland and Sweden.

Baerbock emphasized that NATO is not pushing Finland and Sweden to join, but rather the actions of the Russian President Wladimir Putin. The two countries are solid democracies that have lived in peace with all their neighbors for decades.

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Erdoğan tackles Sweden and Finland

The possible NATO accession of the two Nordic countries was to be discussed at a meeting of the foreign ministers of the NATO countries in Berlin from late Saturday afternoon. Erdoğan surprisingly rejected the issue on Friday. “We are currently monitoring developments regarding Sweden and Finland, but we do not have a positive opinion on them,” he said. Scandinavian countries are almost “guesthouses for terrorist organizations” like the banned Kurdish Workers’ Party PKK.

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