The handing over of Turkish and Kurdish opposition political militants is one of Erdogan’s conditions accepted by Finland and Sweden to get his green light to their NATO membership: a fortnight ago, Swedish police handed over Kurdish political militant Mahmut Tat into Turkish hands. This week the Turkish government asked Helsinki for an end to the ban on arms sales to Ankara by the Finnish arms industry, another condition set by Erdogan: Finland and Sweden had stopped selling armaments to Turkey after Ankara’s offensive in Rojava in 2019. On Monday, parliamentary discussions on NATO membership resumed: Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen, having flown to Ankara just last week, told state television Svt that “there is no categorical ban on arms exports to Turkey,” that “the possible resumption of sales [depends on] decisions that can be made within the Atlantic Alliance” and that “some arms export projects have received a preliminary green light and are already underway.” Minister Kaikkonen’s interview provoked immediate reactions from the parties of Finland’s current ruling majority: for Jussi Saramo, chairman of the Vasemmistoliitto (Left Alliance) parliamentary group, “There is no reason to start issuing permits, because […] Turkey has threatened to accelerate attacks in northern Syria.” The group leaders of the Greens and Social Democrats affirmed the need to assess ‘on a case-by-case basis’ the type of armaments demanded by Erdogan and that in any case “it will not change Finland‘s approach in defending human rights in Turkey.” Eeva Kalli, group leader of the Centre Party, stressed that with the Madrid agreement “our ban on arms sales to Ankara has fallen.”