January 31, 2023
Türkiye supports NATO enlargement in principle: Kalın
Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın said that Türkiye supports NATO enlargement in principle but told Sweden and Finland from day one that Ankara would not leave provocations unanswered.
Speaking in a live interview on Tuesday, Kalın said some provocative incidents that took place in Sweden did not take place in Finland.
“We’ve told them that there are necessary steps to be taken. Sweden is rewriting its constitution and told us they need time until June,” the top presidential aide said, adding that Türkiye is not blocking their membership.
Kalın also said Türkiye respects Finland and Sweden’s decision to proceed together, but if Finland wants to hold a separate process for NATO membership, then it is their decision.