Erdogan says Turkey positive on Finland’s NATO bid, not Sweden’s

ANKARA, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Turkey looks positively on Finland’s application for NATO membership, but does not support Sweden’s bid, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday. “Our position on Finland is positive, but it is not positive on Sweden,” Erdogan said of their NATO applications in a speech to his AK Party deputies in … Read more

Turkey’s push into Iraq risks deeper conflict

SARARO, Iraq, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Looming over the deserted village of Sararo in northern Iraq, three Turkish military outposts break the skyline, part of an incursion that forced the residents to flee last year after days of shelling. The outposts are just some of the dozens of new military bases Turkey has established on … Read more

Exclusive: Top US Treasury official to warn UAE, Turkey over sanctions evasion

WASHINGTON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – The US Treasury Department’s top sanctions official on a trip to Turkey and the Middle East next week will warn countries and businesses that they could lose US market access if they do business with entities subject to US curbs as Washington cracks down on Russian attempts to evade sanctions … Read more

Explainer: Why is Turkey blocking Swedish and Finnish NATO membership?

STOCKHOLM, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Swedish and Finnish hopes of quickly joining NATO have run into an obstacle in the form of objections by Turkey, which holds veto powers over accession to the military alliance. The three nations reached an agreement on how to proceed in Madrid last June, but Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has … Read more

Finland says time-out needed in talks with Turkey over NATO bid

HELSINKI, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Finland’s foreign minister said on Tuesday a time-out of a few weeks was needed in Finland and Sweden’s talks with Turkey on their application to join the NATO military alliance. Turkey’s president said on Monday that Sweden should not expect his country’s support after a protest near the Turkish embassy … Read more

US says Finland, Sweden are ready to join NATO alliance

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – The US State Department on Monday said Finland and Sweden are ready to join the NATO alliance, after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Sweden should not expect Turkey’s support for its membership after a protest near the Turkish embassy in Stockholm at the weekend including the burning of a copy … Read more

Erdogan to Sweden: Don’t expect Turkish support for NATO bid after Stockholm protest

ANKARA, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Sweden should not expect Turkey’s support for its NATO membership after a protest near the Turkish embassy in Stockholm at the weekend including the burning of a copy of the Koran, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. Protests in Stockholm on Saturday against Turkey and against Sweden’s bid to join … Read more

Turkey cancels visit by Swedish minister as planned protests stoke tension

ISTANBUL/STOCKHOLM, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Saturday that a planned visit next week by his Swedish counterpart to Ankara has been canceled after Swedish authorities granted permission for protests in Stockholm. The demonstrations planned in Stockholm for later on Saturday were aimed at Turkey and Sweden’s efforts to join … Read more

Analysis: Turkey and its markets head for election crossroads

Turkey’s Presidential election represents major fork in road Side-effects of unorthodox economics crucial for voters Repeated bouts of market turmoil have seen investors exit Turkey Economists acknowledge return to orthodoxy would involve pain ISTANBUL/LONDON Jan 18 – Turks beset for years by soaring inflation and currency crashes will soon decide whether to forge ahead with … Read more

Sweden, Finland must send up to 130 “terrorists” to Turkey for NATO bid, Erdogan says

ANKARA, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Sweden and Finland must deport or extradite up to 130 “terrorists” to Turkey before the Turkish parliament will approve their bids to join NATO, President Tayyip Erdogan said. The two Nordic states applied last year to join NATO following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but their bids must be approved by … Read more