5/18, 3:57 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Turkey blocks NATO talks with Sweden, Finland - report

Turkish NATO envoys blocked the start of accession negotiations between the alliance and Finland and Sweden on Wednesday, an unnamed source told the Financial Times.

According to the report, Ankara's move likely means that NATO won't be able to add the two Nordic countries in an expedited process and that talks within the alliance to find a solution should soon follow as all member states have to greenlight all outside applications to join.

Turkey seeks that Helsinki and Stockholm extradite members of organizations it considers "terrorist" before it approves their bid.

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