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Turkey’s President Erdogan signals he will block Finland and Sweden’s NATO bids, saying they harbor ‘terrorist organisations’

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at NATO headquarters in Brussels, May 25, 2017.Kay Nietfeld/photo alliance via Getty Images

  • Sweden and Finland’s ascent to NATO membership hit a snag on Friday.

  • Turkey’s president said he would not accept membership from either country because they harbor “terrorist organisations”.

  • All current members of NATO must agree to any new nation joining the alliance.

The Turkish president hinted that he would try to prevent Sweden and Finland from joining NATO.

Sweden and Finland are expected to apply to join the military alliance soon, a development prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

But Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he did not support their plans.

“We are following developments regarding Sweden and Finland, but we have no positive opinions,” he said, according to Reuters.

“As Turkey, we don’t want to repeat similar mistakes. Moreover, Scandinavian countries are guesthouses for terrorist organizations,” Erdogan said.

NATO members can only join if all existing members of the group unanimously agree to join, which means that Turkey’s failure to approve their entry would put an end to any candidacy.

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