Stoltenberg might also have expressed NATO’s appreciation of Turkey’s supplying the Zelensky regime with Bayraktar TB2 combat drones and building the flagship of Ukraine’s navy; as well as stirring up Tatar separatism in Crimea preparatory to replicating that initiative in the Russian North Caucasus – RR

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Anadolu Agency
November 22, 2022

Türkiye played key role in Black Sea grain deal extension: NATO chief

The NATO chief on Monday reiterated the importance of the Black Sea grain deal, saying Ankara and the Turkish president played a key role in its extension and the prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine.

Speaking at a Q&A session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Madrid, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the grain deal has proved how it is important for global food security.

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Lauding Türkiye over its efforts for the grain deal, Stoltenberg also pointed out the successful prisoner swaps between Moscow and Kyiv that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan facilitated.

“Also the agreement to exchange of prisoners of war was something that Türkiye and President Erdogan facilitated and of course also much welcomed by allies,” he added.

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On the tripartite agreement between Türkiye, Sweden and Finland over the NATO accession of the two Nordic countries, Stoltenberg recalled that all allies signed the accession protocol of their NATO bids and 28 allies out of 30 members have so far ratified the bid.

The accession process of Finland and Sweden continues very fast, which has never happened before, he further said.

It is now time to see the two countries as NATO members, added Stoltenberg.

He also pointed to Türkiye’s security concerns and reiterated that no other NATO ally suffered more terrorist attacks than Türkiye.

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