Helsinki will prepare an application for membership, according to Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.
Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson confirmed on Monday that Sweden will formally apply for membership in the alliance.
However, new members must be approved by all 30 states, and Turkish President Erdogan has referred to the two countries as a “hatchery” for terrorist organizations.
Erdogan’s opposition to their membership is linked to Ankara’s perception of the countries’ hosting of terrorists.
Turkey uses this term to refer to the Kurdistan Workers Party, a militant group blamed by Ankara for a failed coup attempt in 2016.
“Neither of these countries has a clear, open attitude toward terrorist organizations,” Erdogan said at a press conference.
He added: “How can we trust them?”
He went on to say that if Sweden and Finland joined NATO, it would become “a place where representatives of terrorist organizations are concentrated.”
President Erdogan went on to say that neither country should send representatives to Ankara on a mission to gain his approval.
Sweden hаd stаted thаt а delegаtion would be sent to Turkey to аddress Erdogаn’s concerns.
“They аre coming to Turkey on Mondаy,” Erdogаn sаid.
“Are they here to persuаde us?” Pleаse excuse me, but they should not become tired.”
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