February 1, 2023

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Despite tensions, Finland will once again export arms to Turkey | Abroad

Finland decided to allow the export of military equipment to Turkey again. This was announced by the Finnish Ministry of Defense. The country thus lifts a suspension that has been in effect since 2019 due to the Turkish offensive in Syria.

The resumption of arms exports was one of Turkey’s conditions for Finland and Sweden to agree to join NATO in return. Stockholm did everything necessary at the end of September.

Since mid-May, Turkey has blocked the accession process of all of the Nordic countries. Ankara accused Finland and Sweden of supporting fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party and the Syrian Kurdistan People’s Protection Units.

At the end of June, on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid, the three countries signed a memorandum paving the way for the accession process. And Ankara has set conditions against that, such as the extradition of people that Turkey classifies as “terrorists”. Arms deliveries also played an important role.

Burning the Qur’an

However, relations between the two countries remain tense. For example, a protest was held at the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm last Saturday. In doing so, the far-right politician Rasmus Paludan burned the Quran. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Sweden cannot count on Turkish support for this reason. Erdo─čan also canceled talks scheduled for February with Sweden and Finland regarding their accession to NATO.

a look. Turkish President Erdogan responded strongly to the burning of the Koran by the far-right politician Rasmus Paludan

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