Turkey maintains its veto

At the Madrid summit, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to meet his Finnish counterpart as well as the Swedish Prime Minister to discuss their candidacy, according to Helsinki. ADEM ALTAN/AFP

DECRYPTION – As the Madrid summit opens this Tuesday, June 28, efforts are intensifying to try to convince the Turkish president to review his decision.

Correspondent in Istanbul

Will Turkey give up its veto? NATO membership for Finland and Sweden, still blocked by Ankara, does not seem to be a foregone conclusion. As the Madrid summit opens on Tuesday, June 28, efforts are intensifying to try to convince the Turkish president to reconsider his decision. From the start of this long-awaited meeting, Recep Tayyip Erdogan must meet his Finnish counterpart as well as the Swedish Prime Minister to discuss their candidacy, according to Helsinki. On the eve of this first high-level meeting, new negotiations were held on Monday at the headquarters of the Atlantic Alliance in Brussels. The Turkish president also spoke by telephone on Saturday with the head of the Swedish government. But the discussions are stalling, Ankara not seeing “no certain initiative from Sweden that could alleviate its concerns», in the words of Erdogan.

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