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A key ally of NATO under US sanctions doen not want further escalation versus Russia.



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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 13th, 2022 at 05:14:09 PM EST
Turkey Signals it Would Veto NATO Accession of Finland, Sweden

Turkey would not positively welcome Finland and Sweden joining the NATO alliance, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Friday, describing the initiative as a mistake.

"We do not have a positive opinion. Scandinavian countries are like a guest house for terrorist organizations," Erdoğan told reporters after Friday prayers in Istanbul, indicating that Turkey could use its status as a member of the Western military alliance to veto moves to admit the two countries.

Erdogan said Turkey's former rulers "made a mistake" by giving a green light to Greece's NATO membership in 1952.

"We, as Turkey, do not want to make a second mistake on this issue," he stressed.

Turkey's veto would satisfy Russia

A Turkish veto on the accession of the two Scandinavian counties would offer an unexpected propaganda victory for Russia, which has threatened NATO with retaliation if it goes ahead with the plan.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 13th, 2022 at 05:14:55 PM EST
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S. Ossetia: Russian Annexation Referendum Slated for July 17

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat May 14th, 2022 at 07:37:25 PM EST
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