Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara will respond positively to Finland's application for NATO membership if Helsinki takes an adequate position. He made a statement to this effect in a conversation with TRT TV channel.
"As far as Finland is concerned, as I said before, we have no big problems in the process with Helsinki. If Finland continues this position, our response will also be adequate," the Turkish leader said.
Earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey will not give the go-ahead for Sweden or Finland to join NATO unless Ankara's demands are met. According to him, now the Turks are ready to approve the Finnish application to a greater extent than the Swedish one. The foreign minister stressed that Sweden and Finland must comply with the trilateral memorandum.
Earlier, Erdogan admitted that Ankara could consider Finland's application to join the North Atlantic Alliance separately from Sweden.