The Finnish international minister doesn’t anticipate progress on the NATO membership bids of his nation and Sweden earlier than Turkey’s elections in Might, however believes the Scandinavian nations stay on target for finally becoming a member of the navy alliance, Finnish public broadcaster Yle reported Saturday.

“For my part, the highway to NATO has not closed for both nation,” Overseas Minister Pekka Haavisto mentioned, in accordance with Yle. 

Finland and Sweden are in search of to hitch NATO after Moscow’s assault on Ukraine sparked renewed safety concern throughout the area. However Turkey has beforehand raised objections — and below NATO guidelines, only one member state can veto a brand new applicant’s membership.

Haavisto’s remarks come days after Ankara known as for a three-way assembly in February between Turkey, Sweden and Finland to be postponed, in accordance with Turkish state broadcaster TRT Haber, which cited unnamed diplomatic sources. 

The way it received thus far: Turkish-Swedish relations suffered a significant blow final week after Stockholm Police approved a protest outdoors Stockholm’s Turkish Embassy final Saturday, by which anti-immigration politician Rasmus Paludan set a replica of the Quran on fireplace. Protesters rapidly took to the streets within the Turkish capital, the place some burned the Sweden’s flag outdoors its embassy in response.   

Turkey’s state information company Anadolu reported Thursday that the assembly round Sweden and Finland’s NATO purposes was postponed in mild of the present “unhealthy political atmosphere.” 

The three nations have met prior to now below the “trilateral memorandum” to debate Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership requests.  

An upcoming go to by the Swedish protection minister to Turkey was additionally canceled by Ankara within the instant wake of the incident final Saturday. 

Chatting with CNN’s Isa Soares on Tuesday, the Finnish international minister mentioned “there may be some type of delay due to latest occasions,” including “in fact, this isn’t excellent news.” 

Haavisto indicated there are not any plans for Finland to proceed with its NATO membership bid with out its Nordic neighbor. “We aren’t in a rush, we’ve time to associate with Sweden,” he advised CNN. 

CNN’s Niamh Kennedy and Amy Cassidy contributed reporting to this publish.

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