According to NATO, he has upcoming meetings scheduled with the heads of state in the countries of Turkey, Sweden, and Finland.
Jens Stoltenberg, the commander of NATO, made these statements to the press on Wednesday: “I am sure that we will find a solution with Turkey and that Sweden and Finland will join NATO.”
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced last month that he would prevent Stockholm and Helsinki from joining NATO because he believed that the Nordic countries were allegedly harboring individuals whom he considered terrorists due to their links to Kurdish extremist groups. This announcement caused international outrage and led Erdogan to announce that he would prevent NATO membership for Stockholm and Helsinki.
Stoltenberg referred to Turkey as a “vital ally” and an important in the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq; nevertheless, Ankara’s displeasure with NATO goes much deeper than the fight against ISIS.