With central themes war in Ukraine and the forthcoming application for membership of Sweden and Finland, the informal meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Member States is taking place today and tomorrow, Sunday, in Berlin. NATOin which the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias also participates.
The meetings start at 20:00 (Greek time) with the working dinner, which will be attended by the Foreign Ministers of Sweden An Lind and Finland Peka Haavisto, while tomorrow at 15:30 (Greek time) a joint interview is scheduled Press conference of “hostess” Annalena Berbock and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Mr. Stoltenberg will participate online, as a few days ago he was positive for the coronavirus. NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Joanna will take part in the work in Berlin. On the contrary, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who had also contracted coronavirus and therefore did not go to Schleswig-Holstein for the meeting of the Group of Foreign Ministers, will attend the informal Council of the Alliance in a physical presence. Seven.
Among other things, the position that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoλουlu will take in the meeting regarding the possibility of joining the Sweden-Finland Alliance is expected to be of particular interest. “We are currently monitoring developments in Sweden and Finland, but we do not have a positive opinion,” Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, calling the Nordic countries “hostels of terrorist organizations” such as the banned Kurdish PKK.
According to Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Andrea Zache, the informal framework of the meeting is aimed at consciously differentiating from the official one so far, and for this reason, much smaller, confidential groups have been provided for direct talks. “The informal framework serves, among other things, the goal of strengthening NATO’s political dimension and political consultations,” she said. “The informal framework serves, among other things, the goal of strengthening NATO’s political dimension and political consultation,” he added.
Source: News Beast