Finland Tries to Appease Turkey’s Erdogan Over NATO Block

Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö has said “close dialogue continues” with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Ankara threatens to derail Helsinki’s bid to join NATO.

Niinistö said on Saturday that he had spoken with Erdogan in an “open and direct phone call” as Finland seeks to join the alliance that requires unanimous agreement by all 30 members.

“I stated that as NATO Allies Finland and Turkey will commit to each other’s security and our relationship will thus grow stronger,” he tweeted. “Finland condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Close dialogue continues.”

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