Turkey’s opposition on NATO will be sorted out, says ex-PM of Finland

Finland's former prime minister is assured that Turkey's opposition to Sweden and Finland becoming a member of NATO will be diplomatically "sorted out."

"I'm sure this will get ironed out," Alexander Stubb instructed CNBC's Capital Connection on Wednesday, including that each Finland and Sweden have been "avid supporters" of Turkey's bid to hitch the European Union.

"I imagine that there'll be some backroom diplomacy in the next few days … just from my experience, these types of things get sorted out," he stated.

All member states must agree earlier than new members can be a part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. However, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has opposed the membership of Sweden and Finland, citing considerations over the 2 nations' help to separatist Kurdish organizations inside Turkey. Turkey refers to members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) as "terrorists."

A Ukrainian soldier clears particles from a automobile after a current bombing in Bakhmut in UkraineAnadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

The two Nordic nations formally utilized to hitch the 30-member-strong NATO on Wednesday, a big change of their safety stance as a direct consequence of Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February. 

Both Sweden and Finland have had a lengthy fashionable historical past of navy nonalignment for the reason that finish of the Second World War and thru the Cold War between the West and the erstwhile Soviet Union. 

Leaders of each nations will be touring to Washington DC to satisfy U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday.

Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwardsIn 1990, the 12 months after the Berlin Wall fell, Russia dominated the Soviet Union and 6 allied Warsaw Pact nations.Bryn Bache | CNBC

Stubb identified that it was throughout Finland's EU presidency in 1999 that negotiations for Turkey's accession to the EU accession have been opened. "That was a historic moment. And I'm sure that President Erdogan will remember that," he stated.

Russia's 'average' response

Stubb — who’s now professor and director Professor of the School of Transnational Governance on the European University Institute in Finland — described the Russian response to the proposal as "quite moderate." 

"I think the reason is quite clear. Russia has not seen Finnish accession to NATO as a military threat or security threat," he stated.

Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwardsAs of 2022, NATO has expanded to let in three former Soviet states and all of the previous Warsaw Pact nations.Bryn Bache | CNBC

"Iceland, Norway and Denmark, three Nordic states, have been members of the alliance since 1949. So the [Russian] reaction was moderate and will continue to be moderate. We do not join NATO against anyone, we join it for ourselves. For us, foreign security policy is not a zero-sum game," he added.

The former Finnish prime minister went on to explain reliance on Russian vitality as a European strategic mistake.

The stakes are too excessive. I simply don't see an finish to it. This goes to be a battle that lasts for fairly a very long time.Alexander Stubbformer prime minister of Finland

"The idea was that if you integrate, if you cooperate, if you create a class dependency, you actually get closer." 

"[But] now, we've actually seen that energy can be used as a weapon," he stated, including that he was stunned by the pace, unity and effectivity of the EU's sanctions towards Russia.

Russian embargos

Although the oil embargo towards Russia is taking a while, Stubb predicted that an embargo on fuel would observe.

"We will see a situation where Europe will decouple itself completely from Russian energy," Stubb stated. 

The former Finnish prime minister stated the Ukraine warfare was about Russian President Vladimir Putin's legacy.

"The stakes are too high. I just don't see an end to it. This is going to be a conflict that lasts for quite a long time," he stated, implying that Putin wanted a semblance of victory to indicate his folks. 

"In the Russian language, you have two words for truth. One of them is 'tactical truth.' That means you can lie, and everyone understands that [it is a lie]," Stubb stated.

"So I hope that Putin will come out at some stage and lie that he won the war and achieved his goals."

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