Turkey continues to block NATO membership for Finland and Sweden. Turkey has labeled as terrorist states and has demanded the extradition of Swedish and Finish Kurds for trials related to terrorism charges. Turkey is also demanding an end to NATO arms sanctions.
Turkey also expects the extradition of 28 “terrorism” suspects from Sweden and 12 from Finland, Kalin said, adding that there was “no legal or judicial basis” not to extradite them. Turkish state media had previously said Turkey demanded the extradition of 33 suspects from the two countries . . . The demands also called for the lifting of arms sanctions against Turkey and global cooperation against terrorism.
Turkey continues to ignore western sanctions against Russia.
Turkey is also targeting Greece and is accelerating operations in Syria.
Is Turkey overplaying its hand?
Or does Turkey’s control over access to the Black Sea and the fact that Turkey has the largest NATO army on the European side of the Atlantic mean that it is free to pursue its own interests?
It looks like Turkey is serving crow at the US State Department and in Brussels:
“Just imagine in however many months going from a NATO alliance that is 30 to 32 members strong,” another senior State Department official told reporters following the foreign ministerial in Brussels. “How this can be anything but a massive strategic blunder for Putin? That was a topic of conversation and multiple sessions over the past couple of days.” Finland and Sweden could soon join NATO, prompted by Russian war in Ukraine - CNNPolitics
At what point will the US quietly drop NATO membership for Sweden and Finland and ignore its “massive strategic blunder”?
Yes, NATO membership for Finland and Sweden is more sizzle than steak.
On the other hand, the State Department hyped the addition of Finland and Sweden as massive strategic blunder for Putin. By their own logic, the failure to get them into NATO is a massive strategic blunder for the US.
NATO has worked well as a way to check Russia’s militaristic aims for more than 70 years. Russia has proved the need for NATO by invading Ukraine. I’m pretty sure if you ask anyone in the Baltic States if they are glad they are in NATO you will get an enthusiastic yes.
There is no need to station military there as any attack on the Baltics would lead to a full reply by all 30 NATO nations.