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Negotiations between Turkey and Finland on NATO membership began in Ankara.

Negotiations between the delegations of the Ministry of Justice of Turkey and Finland within the framework of the NATO membership process began at 10 am in Ankara. At the talks, the Turkish delegation is headed by the Director General of the Ministry of Justice Department for Foreign Relations and the EU, Kasym Cicek.

On May 18, Finland and Sweden, against the background of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine, submitted applications to the NATO Secretary General to join the alliance. At first, Turkey blocked the start of the process of considering these applications, but on June 29, Turkey, Sweden and Finland signed a security memorandum that takes into account all of Ankara’s concerns. Turkey, in turn, withdrew its objections to the entry of these two European countries into NATO. As of October 6, 28 countries out of 30 have already made a positive decision on the admission of northern countries to NATO, with the exception of Turkey and Hungary.