Turkey cancels Sweden-Finland meeting

Turkey has cancelled indefinitely a trilateral mechanism meeting with Sweden and Finland scheduled for February after a weekend protest in Stockholm, state broadcaster TRT reports.

The meeting that was to take place in Brussels in February was postponed at Turkey's request, TRT said citing Turkish diplomatic sources.

President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said earlier this month that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was to also attend.

A source at the Turkish presidency said Turkey had not cancelled the meeting but postponed it.

The source did not specify when the meeting was postponed to.

The presidency declined to provide on-record comment about the postponement.

On Monday, Erdogan said that Sweden should not expect Turkey's support for its NATO membership after a protest near the Turkish embassy in Stockholm at the weekend including the burning of a copy of the Koran.

Sweden and Finland applied last year to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation after Russia invaded Ukraine, and now needs the backing of all current NATO countries to advance their application.