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Finland rules out joining NATO without Sweden

Finland rules out joining NATO without Sweden

Finnish President Sauli Niiniste warned NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg not to join the alliance without Sweden.

“I say that the Swedish cause is our cause. This means that we will go forward hand in hand,” he said.

On Sunday, Stoltenberg visited the Finnish town of Kultaranta to discuss Finland’s joining the alliance.

Helsinki and Stockholm started talking about the possibility of joining NATO against the backdrop of a Russian special operation in Ukraine and submitted an application for entry on May 18. Ankara has blocked the process of considering it. The President of the Republic, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that he had imposed a veto because of the position of the two countries in relation to the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey.