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5/18, 12:23 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Erdogan: NATO should understand Turkey's position

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan argued on Wednesday that his country's allies in NATO should understand Ankara's sensitivities on security issues, as Sweden and Finland officially applied to join the bloc earlier today.

Erdogan reiterated that delegations of Sweden and Finland "shouldn't bother" coming to Turkey in order to convince him to change his stance and support their NATO candidacy without dealing with "terrorist issues" first.

Meanwhile, Turkey officially blocked the start of negotiations of Sweden's and Finland's application to join NATO today.

Baha Breaking News (BBN) / ND