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Dmitry Belik: Getting Finland and Sweden NATO membership is no longer a short-term, but a medium-term prospect

Getting Finland and Sweden into NATO membership is no longer a short-term prospect, but a medium-term one. This was stated on June 21 by a member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Dmitry Belik in an interview with Izvestia.

According to the MP, the issue of Finland joining the North Atlantic Alliance is unlikely to be resolved by September, as Finnish President Sauli Niinistö predicts, since the Finnish authorities have not yet announced their intention to extradite the Kurds, whom they consider to have suffered from the actions of the regime of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He recalled that Ankara has taken an extremely tough position on this issue, while Finland and Sweden refuse to meet the Turks halfway.

“Finland hoped to slow down the issue of extradition to Turkey of persons whom the country considers terrorists, but nothing came of it: [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan took a principled position. Sweden has the same problem. And now NATO is faced with a dilemma in self-determination: NATO is a democratic alliance, each member country of which has the right to vote, or is it a collection of US vassals who, on command from Washington, will make any of its decisions,” the deputy noted.

He also stressed that by the time the differences between Turkey and the Scandinavian countries are resolved, NATO itself may already cease to exist.

“Thus, the entry of these two Scandinavian countries into the alliance is not just a big question – it is not even a short-term, but a medium-term prospect. And by that time, the alliance may cease to exist as an entity or remain in the form of a cabal consisting of the owner and his bowing servants, ”the Russian parliamentarian summed up.

Recall that earlier the head of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, said that at a trilateral meeting with the participation of representatives of Sweden and Turkey, the countries could not move forward in resolving this issue, and Finland’s entry into NATO was postponed until September.

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