NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Swedish authorities have fulfilled all the conditions set by Turkey and now the country can become a full member of the North Atlantic Alliance.
“Sweden has taken important concrete steps to meet Turkey’s demands. Stockholm has fulfilled its obligations, and now Sweden has the right to become a full member of NATO,” Mr. Stoltenberg said following talks in Ankara with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (quote from AFP).
The Secretary General of the alliance also added that he had agreed with Mr. Erdogan to hold a meeting between Turkey, Sweden and NATO on June 12. He ruled out that during this meeting the agreements on Sweden’s accession to NATO would be formalized.
Sweden applied for NATO membership at the end of 2022 together with Finland. The Swedish parliament approved the country’s entry into the alliance on March 22, the Finnish parliament adopted a similar decision on March 1. The applications of the Swedish side in the spring were not approved by Türkiye and Hungary. Finland did not face such problems, and the country was officially admitted to NATO in April. Sweden continued consultations with the Hungarian and Turkish sides to achieve NATO membership by the end of 2023.
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