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Finland hopeful of resolving problems with Türkiye over NATO bid

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said Tuesday that she believes the problem regarding Türkiye's opposition to Finland and Sweden's NATO membership will be resolved before the alliance’s summit in Madrid later this month.

Marin's remarks came at a joint press conference with her Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenkovic in the capital Zagreb.

Marin said that NATO should be united and Finland and Sweden would make the alliance stronger in the long run.

Replying to a question, she said she believed a solution would be reached to Türkiye's opposition to the two Nordic countries’ NATO memberships given NATO's open-door policy.

The NATO leaders' summit is scheduled to be held from June 29-30.

Plenkovic for his part said Croatia supports Finland in its bid for NATO membership.

"We respect Finland's decision to become a member of NATO. Finland and Sweden also want NATO's security umbrella. Croatia is aware of the importance of NATO in today's world. Finland has a border with Russia,'' he said.

Sweden and Finland formally applied to join NATO last month, a decision spurred by Russia's war on Ukraine, which began on Feb. 24.


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