August 16, 2022

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Erdogan says he wants results, not words from Sweden and Finland

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President Tayyip Erdogan held firm on his stance towards Finland and Sweden’s NATO bids on Tuesday, saying Turkey wanted results not words to address its concerns, adding he will also push U.S. President Joe Biden on a “stalled” F-16 fighter jet purchase.

Breaking with decades of a policy of neutrality, Finland and Sweden applied for NATO membership in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But they have faced opposition from Turkey over what it says is the Nordic countries’ support for militants it views as terrorists, and arms embargoes on Ankara.

Turkey has held talks with the Nordic countries and NATO to address its concerns and has given Finnish and Swedish officials written demands. It has said the responses were not satisfactory and that it would block their bids unless its demands are met.

Speaking before departing for a NATO summit in Madrid where he will meet the Nordic and NATO leaders for talks on the bids, Erdogan said the two candidates must consider Ankara’s concerns if they want to be NATO allies.

“We will hold these four-way talks together and see what point they have reached,” Erdogan told reporters at the airport.

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