Speaker of the Finnish Parliament: We are not going to change our laws and norms because of Turkey


This week, the Finnish parliament decided to apply for the country's membership in NATO. Russia reacted moderately, but Turkey is delaying the start of negotiations with the Alliance. This was announced on May 21 in an interview with the Finnish TV channel TV1 Ykkösaamun by the speaker of the legislative body of the Scandinavian country, Matti Vanhanen.


According to him, Finland's accession to NATO is a great historic decision that will definitely be implemented. Finland will stay with Sweden even if Turkey slows down implementation.

We will not abandon our partner (Sweden - ed.). <…> Even previous NATO enlargements lasted at least four months, or even more than a year. Time will tell what lies ahead

- said the speaker.

He stressed that if Finland were to be denied, it would raise the re-application threshold for membership to a very high level.

Then, probably, there should be a request from all current countries and assurances from parliaments that the application will be accepted. This (refusal of membership - ed.) would have a very negative impact on the credibility of our security

He explained.

Vanhanen added that Finland's position as a foreign policy player will change with NATO membership. Helsinki will begin to look at the security of Europe and the North Atlantic through the eyes of all Alliance countries.

We are a country on the border between NATO and Russia, but no longer militarily non-aligned, but part of the bloc. If there are negative effects, we will find out about it.

Vanhanen said.

He pointed out that Finland is not going to change its legislation because of Turkey's demands.

As for the points regarding our rules of law, Turkey must understand that we cannot agree with this. Innocent people are not extradited to another country, especially if there is a risk of being imprisoned or wrongfully convicted

Vanhanen said.

On the question of the export of weapons from Finland to Turkey, he noted that it is necessary to find out what Ankara's specific expectations are.

We remind you that before that, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara would not say yes to the membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO, putting forward a number of fundamental conditions.
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  1. Michael L. Offline Michael L.
    Michael L. 21 May 2022 21: 46
    -2
    Turkey deliberately puts forward unacceptable conditions in order to block the admission of Finland and Sweden to NATO.
    But the motives of the Turkish leadership are not entirely clear: is it bargaining for preferences or a fundamental unwillingness to see candidates as members of the Alliance for some hidden reason?
    1. Stanislav Bykov Offline Stanislav Bykov
      Stanislav Bykov (Stanislav) 21 May 2022 22: 44
      +1
      These countries support the Kurds
      1. Michael L. Offline Michael L.
        Michael L. 21 May 2022 22: 51
        -1
        If you want to see these countries as NATO members, Turkey would turn a blind eye to this!
        1. Stanislav Bykov Offline Stanislav Bykov
          Stanislav Bykov (Stanislav) 21 May 2022 23: 10
          +2
          Why should Turkey have a desire to see these countries in NATO if they support those whom the Turks consider terrorists?
          1. Michael L. Offline Michael L.
            Michael L. 21 May 2022 23: 20
            -2
            What if the positives of membership outweigh the negatives?
            1. Stanislav Bykov Offline Stanislav Bykov
              Stanislav Bykov (Stanislav) 21 May 2022 23: 32
              +3
              And what is the positive for the Turks from the membership of Sweden and Finland in NATO, do not enlighten? And why did you get the idea that it exceeds the negative?
              1. Michael L. Offline Michael L.
                Michael L. 22 May 2022 06: 56
                -1
                And if you do not be clever: do not answer a question with a question? ;-(
                1. Stanislav Bykov Offline Stanislav Bykov
                  Stanislav Bykov (Stanislav) 22 May 2022 19: 38
                  +1
                  Another argument of Turkey's position is that it was Sweden that blocked Turkey's entry into the European Union. Is this not enough for you? Do you still think that Turkey should treat the Scandinavians with a "positive" attitude?
                  1. Michael L. Offline Michael L.
                    Michael L. 23 May 2022 14: 25
                    0
                    Who do you think you have the right to ask questions?
                    1. Stanislav Bykov Offline Stanislav Bykov
                      Stanislav Bykov (Stanislav) 23 May 2022 19: 41
                      0
                      Do not get nervous and get personal if there is nothing to answer in essence
    2. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
      Bulanov (Vladimir) 23 May 2022 14: 01
      0
      Or maybe it's an agreement with Putin? Maybe they will, but not immediately, but for now the special operation in Ukraine will end.
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 21 May 2022 23: 24
    +2
    What to argue. Turks are trading. Traded with the United States, traded with us, traded with Finland and Sweden.

    The result is clear, they will enter. They just add the work of the media, to their delight.
  3. Victorio Offline Victorio
    Victorio (Victorio) 22 May 2022 16: 29
    0
    This week, the Finnish Parliament decided to apply for the country's NATO membership.

    And what is there in the constitution of the country about this?
  4. vo2022smysl Offline vo2022smysl
    vo2022smysl (Common sense) 22 May 2022 17: 52
    +1
    Quote: Sergey Latyshev
    What to argue. Turks are trading. Traded with the United States, traded with us, traded with Finland and Sweden.
    The result is clear, they will enter. They just add the work of the media, to their delight.

    Yes something like that. For this see:

    The Baltic should not become "NATO's inland sea". How will Russia fight with Finland and Sweden?

    D. Rodionov
    https://www.apn.ru/index.php?newsid=41734