“Finland has all the time had broad and good bilateral relations to Turkey,” Niinistö stated. “As NATO allies, we’ll decide to Turkey’s safety, simply as Turkey will decide to our safety. We take their [concerns] critically.”

Andersson additionally stated Swedish officers “look ahead to a swift ratification course of by NATO members,” and that they “are proper now having a dialogue with all NATO member nations — together with Turkey — on completely different ranges, to kind out any points at hand.”

Erdoğan has previously expressed opposition to Finland and Turkey becoming a member of NATO, accusing the nations of harboring terrorists and offering help to Kurdish militant organizations such because the Kurdistan Staff’ Get together and the primarily Kurdish YPG militia in Syria.

Niinistö referenced these allegations on Thursday, saying Finnish officers “condemn terrorism in all its varieties” and “are actively engaged in combatting it.” Finland, he continued, is “open to discussing all of the considerations Turkey might have regarding our membership in an open and constructive method.”

Niinistö and Andersson’s remarks got here after their NATO ambassadors formally delivered the two countries’ membership applications to NATO Secretary-Common Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday.

As NATO envoys faltered in their initial deliberations over Finland and Sweden’s membership bids, Erdoğan seemingly reiterated his objections; Turkey is not going to “unquestioningly say ‘sure’ to each proposal introduced earlier than us,” he stated.

On Thursday, nonetheless, Stoltenberg appeared optimistic and stated he was “assured that we’ll come to a fast determination to welcome each Sweden and Finland to affix the NATO household.”

The NATO envoys “are addressing the considerations that Turkey has expressed,” Stoltenberg added, “as a result of when an essential ally [like] Turkey raises safety considerations, raises points, then in fact the one strategy to take care of that’s to take a seat down and discover widespread floor.”