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Cavusoglu held talks with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. File photoANKARA, May 16.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held telephone conversations with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after official Ankara's statements that the country would not say “yes” to the membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO, a diplomatic source told RIA Novosti. Earlier on Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, that Turkey cannot say “yes” to the membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO, since Ankara cannot believe their assurances regarding relations with representatives of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party in Turkey. jpg” />Erdogan: Turkey cannot say yes to Finland and Sweden's NATO membership membership in NATO, while noting that Sweden, if its application is approved, will oppose the deployment of nuclear weapons and military bases on its territory. Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said that joining NATO would have a positive impact on the security of the country and the Swedish people. On Sunday, Finland also officially decided to join the North Atlantic Alliance. According to media reports, the Swedish government has already prepared a letter of application to NATO, it is planned to send it simultaneously with Finland. Finland and Sweden started talking about the possibility of abandoning their long-term neutrality and joining NATO against the backdrop of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. The head of the alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, noted that the alliance would be glad to see Finland and Sweden in its ranks and provide them with the opportunity to quickly join. NATO expects these countries to make their own decisions about possible membership in the coming “months and weeks,” US Permanent Representative to NATO Julianne Smith said. She added that the United States would welcome the accession of these countries to the alliance. Russia has repeatedly noted that NATO is aimed at confrontation. Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov stated that further expansion of the alliance would not bring greater security to Europe, NATO has an aggressive character. At the same time, he noted that he did not consider the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO an existential threat to Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a conversation with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinistö, noted that abandoning the traditional policy of military neutrality would be erroneous, since there are no threats to Finland's security. In his opinion, a change in the country's foreign policy may have a negative impact on Russian-Finnish relations, which for many years were built in the spirit of good neighborliness and partnership cooperation, were mutually beneficial. jpg” />Erdogan advised Finland and Sweden “not to bother” with a visit to Turkey


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