Turkey: Sweden and Finland have made progress, but work is still needed to join NATO
Turkey has stated that Sweden and Finland have made progress towards NATO membership, but still needed to do more to meet Ankara's demands. The statement was made by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at a NATO meeting in Bucharest.
"Both countries took some steps, we have accepted them. But there has been no step regarding requests for extradition and freezing of terrorist assets,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a NATO meeting in Bucharest.
Sweden and Finland applied in May to join NATO in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, but faced opposition from Turkey, which accused the two Nordic countries of harboring fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and groups others.
Both countries have denied the allegations but have pledged to cooperate with Ankara to fully address its security concerns.