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Defense alliance: Explosive NATO talks expected in Berlin

A G7 meeting ends on the Baltic Sea coast, NATO consultations begin in Berlin: Germany will be the scene of top-level political talks for two more days. There could be heated debates.

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At the end of their meeting on the German Baltic coast, the foreign ministers of the group of leading democratic industrial nations (G7) will deal with topics apart from the war in Ukraine this Saturday. Around noon, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens), as host, wants to inform the public about the results of the consultations in a luxury hotel on Weißenhäuser Strand (Schleswig-Holstein).

Germany currently chairs the so-called G7. The group includes the Federal Republic of the USA, Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy and Japan. One of the guests at the meeting on Friday was the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. He called on the G7 countries to increase speed and courage in arms deliveries.

Baerbock: Deliver quickly together

Baerbock said in the ARD “Tagesthemen” that the big challenge was to deliver quickly together. The fact is that alliance partners from their own stocks cannot deliver everything “at the push of a button” in certain areas. Referring to the phone call between Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, Baerbock said: “Diplomacy never dies”.

Since the beginning of the Russian attack on Ukraine, however, it has become clear that Putin has broken every promise he had made and started these bombings, these war crimes. One must therefore increase the pressure on Putin on all channels as much as possible.

A few hours after the end of the G7 consultations on the Baltic Sea, a meeting of the foreign ministers of the NATO countries begins in Berlin in the late afternoon. The focus should again be on the Russian war in Ukraine and the question of Finland and Sweden becoming NATO members quickly.

Erdogan causes irritation

Above all, it is eagerly awaited how Turkey will position itself at the meeting. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had previously caused irritation with critical statements about Finland and Sweden joining NATO. “We are currently monitoring developments regarding Sweden and Finland, but we do not have a positive opinion on them,” Erdogan said. Scandinavian countries are almost “guesthouses for terrorist organizations” like the banned Kurdish Workers’ Party PKK.

In the past, Erdogan had repeatedly accused Sweden and other European countries of not taking decisive action against the PKK or the Gülen movement. The Turkish leadership blames the group named after the Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen for the 2016 coup attempt.

NATO debates in Sweden and Finland

Finland and neighboring Sweden are already close partners of NATO, but have not yet become official members. However, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sparked an intense NATO debate in both countries. According to NATO’s statutes, any decision on enlargement must be made by consensus. Turkey has been a member of the alliance since 1952.

From Sweden it was said that Foreign Minister Ann Linde wanted to talk to her Turkish colleague Mevlut Cavusoglu at the weekend in Berlin. Like Finland’s Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, she is expected to be a guest at the meeting in Berlin.

Another major topic at the NATO meeting is the ongoing work on a new strategic concept for the defense alliance. The current version was adopted in 2010. At that time, for example, the Allies had still hoped that the time of great tensions with Russia was over and paid no attention to China either.

Source: Stern

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