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Turkey could derail Finland and Sweden NATO bids

May 18, 2022 - Finland and Sweden have applied to join NATO, a decision spurred by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, but face objections from Turkey to an accession process that is expected to take only a few weeks.

Neutral throughout the Cold War, Sweden’s and Finland’s decision to join NATO is one of the most significant changes in Europe’s security architecture in decades, not least because Finland shares a 1,300km border with Russia, according to Reuters.

Turkey has voiced reservations, saying the two countries harbour individuals linked to groups it deems terrorists and hitting out at arms export embargoes imposed on it after its Syria incursion in 2019, Reuters said.

PUBLISHED: 18/05/2022; STORY: Graphic News