2023-01-24 11:39:56

Finland calls for 'time-out' in heated Nato talks with Turkey

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By Alex Binley

BBC News

A "time-out" is needed in Finland and Sweden's talks with Turkey about joining Nato, Helsinki's Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto has said.

A series of controversial protests in Sweden, including the burning of a Quran, have angered Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoan in recent days.

As Turkey is already a member of Nato, it can block applications to join.

Mr Haavisto said that the demonstrations had clearly put "brake on the progress" of the negotiations.

Talks between the three countries have stalled over a number of issues and look to be on hold until after Turkey's elections in mid-May.

But Mr Haavisto insisted that the Nordic countries would join the bloc together, and that he saw no need to rush negotiations.

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