Sweden taking Turkey ’seriously’ on Nato demands, euobserver.com

Sweden and Finland are counting on further talks with Turkey to unlock their Nato accession, as Western diplomats wonder what Ankara really wants.

”The Swedish government takes the implementation of the memorandum very seriously,” the Swedish foreign ministry told EUobserver on Thursday (15 September), referring to a deal made in June with Turkey to go after alleged Kurdish terrorists in return for Nato entry.

”Further meetings in the trilateral format between Sweden, Finland, and Türkiye are foreseen,” the Swedish ministry said, following the last such talks on 26 August.

Finland is also ”working together with Türkiye to organise further meetings at expert level,” its foreign ministry said.

They spoke after Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoglu warned one day earlier the Turkish parliament wouldn’t ratify the Nordic Nato bids if they didn’t play ball. ”No concrete steps have been taken up to today,” by Stockholm or Helsinki to satisfy Ankara, he declared. Läs artikel