Nordic Deal Increases Turkish Power In NATO, But Pitfalls Ahead

The deal last week saw Turkey back Finland and Sweden’s NATO bids, averting a potential crisis, but differences remain.

Istanbul, Turkey – The last-minute deal between Turkey, Sweden, and Finland to clear the path for the Nordic countries’ NATO membership has been portrayed as Ankara firmly placing itself alongside its Western allies in the face of Russia’s aggression.

In recent years, debate has raged over whether Turkey is turning away from the West, fuelled by episodes such as Ankara’s acquisition of Russian missiles three years ago and, more recently, its refusal to join sanctions on Russia over its war in Ukraine.


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