NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was in Turkey the previous day. At the beginning of the week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will arrive..
The main agenda of both visits, NATO membership of Sweden and Finland…
Stoltenberg, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Meeting with Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar and President Tayyip Erdogan. No explanation was given from either side regarding the content of his meeting with Erdogan.. However, the joint press conference of Stoltenberg and Çavuşoğlu gives enough insight..
BRIBERY IN STOLTENBERG'S POCKET
“Sweden will be shocked when we give a different message about Finland,” Erdogan said three weeks ago. (Cumhuriyet.com.tr, 29.1.2023). Çavuşoğlu also said, "We can evaluate Finland's NATO membership process separately from Sweden." (AA, 16.2.2023).
Stoltenberg at the joint press conference held after his meeting with Çavuşoğlu., “both (Sweden and Finland) stated that he thinks it can be approved at this stage” (AA, 16.2.2023).
Had the “current stage” Stoltenberg referred to come?, we don't know but the NATO secretary general had a significant "bribe" in his pocket!
SWEDEN IS ORGANIZING A 'DONATION CONFERENCE'
Stating that "Sweden and Finland's solidarity after the earthquake is very important", NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg, Announced that “Sweden will hold an international donors conference in March” (AA, 16.2.2023).
In other words, Sweden is not any NATO ally of Turkey, but is waiting for Turkey's approval to become a member of NATO., He was going to organize a "donation conference" for Turkey!
It is clear that the donation conference was a bribe, meaning Sweden's entry fee to NATO…
Moreover, From the details given by Stoltenberg, We have also understood that through the conference on donations for the earthquake, Sweden was “de facto” included in cooperation with NATO.. With the money to be collected at the donation conference to be organized by Sweden, NATO, It will restructure Turkey's earthquake zone!
'I HAVE THE ONE' COMMITMENT
According to Çavuşoğlu's statement, US Foreign Minister Blinken is also coming at the beginning of the week, and again, according to Çavuşoğlu's statement, "Sweden and Finland's NATO membership will definitely be on the agenda". (AA, 16.2.2023).
It seems that the US government, Turkey puts pressure on Sweden and Finland to speed up its approval by turning the earthquake crisis into an opportunity. “Sweden’s donation to Turkey conference” announced by Stoltenberg undoubtedly means carrots.. Let's see if Blinken has a carrot, will it stick?
However, we must emphasize that: Statement of the government to “separate the membership approvals of Sweden and Finland”, It may seem like a great tactic from Ankara's perspective, but it's clear that Washington and Brussels see it as an important concession as "one hand"..