Croatia counts on the unity of NATO when deciding whether to admit Finland and Sweden to the organization. This was stated on the evening of May 14 on the sidelines of an informal meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the member states of the North Atlantic Alliance in Berlin, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic Gordan Grlic Radman.
“Of course, we need to see what Turkey’s position is on this issue (Helsinki and Stockholm’s accession to NATO),” the Croatian portal Index quotes him as saying. “But I am sure that eventually unity will prevail when it comes to joining Finland and Sweden, with whom we share the same values.”
At the beginning of April, discussions about Finland’s accession to NATO intensified. The main members of the alliance supported this idea. The majority of members of the Finnish Parliament were in favor of accession. Sweden is also considering this possibility, the ruling Social Democratic Labor Party will decide on joining NATO on May 15th.
Former President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara does not consider the possibility of Finland and Sweden joining NATO as a positive, since “the Scandinavian countries are a guest house for terrorist organizations” – members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party banned in Turkey. On Saturday, the head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry expressed outrage at this. Mevlut Cavusoglu. He noted that the majority of Turkish residents oppose the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO and asks Ankara to block the process, but she intends to discuss this with her allies in the alliance, as well as Helsinki and Stockholm.