Why Turkey dissents on Finland and Sweden joining NATO and why it matters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds a news conference during the NATO summit in Brussels last summer. (Yves Herman/Reuters)
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Finnish and Swedish officials have declared in recent days their intention to join NATO, citing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But their acceptance to the alliance requires unanimous consent among members, and the leader of one such state — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey — has voiced hesitation about the two nations.

Here’s what to know about Turkey’s opposition to Finland and Sweden joining NATO.