Representatives from Sweden, Finland and Turkey will hold a consultation meeting in Ankara on 25 May, according a statement released by the Turkish foreign ministry.
The ministry’s statement read:
“Consultations on the NATO membership applications of Sweden and Finland will be held in Ankara on Wednesday, 25 May 2022, between our delegation headed by İbrahim Kalın, Presidential Spokesperson, and Sedat Önal, Deputy Foreign Minister, and the Swedish and Finnish Delegations headed by Mr. Oscar Stenström, State Secretary, Office of the Prime Ministry of Sweden, and Mr. Jukka Salovaara, Permanent State Secretary of Finland respectively.”
Turkey has been voicing its opposition to accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO over it’s claims that the two countries have provided grounds for the activities of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), designated a ‘terrorist group’ in Turkey and the EU.
Turkey recently vetoed Sweden and Finland’s initial accession negotiations during an ambassadors’ meeting in Brussels.