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For Min-Concerns On SWE/FIN Joining NATO Are Legitimate @ Need To Be Met


Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has just finished speaking alongside his Dutch counterpart Wopke Hoekstra in Ankara

  • On Turkey's attitude towards Sweden and Finland joining NATO, Cavusoglu states that the gov'ts concerns regarding both nations' accession are 'legitimate' and 'need to be met'.
  • Political upheaval in Sweden in last 24hrs likely to add further fuel to Turkish concerns. Gov't of PM Magdalena Andersson was only saved in a confidence vote on the justice minister by a single vote after independent MP and former Iranian Kurdish guerrilla Armineh Kakabaveh abstained on the vote. Kakabaveh is one of 30 Kurdish individuals Ankara is seeking to extradite as part of their demands for Swedish NATO accession.
  • Comes hours after Cavusoglu's meeting with Russian FM Sergey Lavrov, after which Cavusoglu re-stated Turkey's offer that it host a meeting between Russian and Ukrainian presidents.

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