Sweden moves closer to NATO membership after a deal with the Turkish president

by Andrew Wright
NATO membership

Sweden’s path to NATO membership has advanced significantly following an agreement with the Turkish president. On the eve of a NATO summit in Lithuania, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to present Sweden’s accession protocol to the Turkish Parliament without delay, as confirmed by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. This breakthrough comes as a result of Turkey’s desire for assistance in reviving its own chances of joining the European Union. The issue of Sweden’s NATO membership, which had been impeded by Turkish objections, seems to have been resolved, taking it off the agenda for the summit that primarily focused on the conflict in Ukraine. US President Joe Biden welcomed the agreement and expressed readiness to work with Turkey on enhancing defense and deterrence in the Euro-Atlantic region. The United States has also shown support for Turkey’s acquisition of new F-16 fighter jets. In exchange for Turkey’s cooperation with NATO, Sweden has agreed to help Turkey progress in its EU membership aspirations. The road to Sweden’s NATO membership approval remains uncertain, but the agreement marks a significant step forward.

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Q: What is the significance of Turkey’s agreement in relation to Sweden’s NATO membership?

A: Turkey’s agreement to remove obstacles paves the way for Sweden’s NATO membership. It demonstrates progress and cooperation between the two countries and signals a positive development in both NATO and EU alliances.

Q: What did Sweden agree to in exchange for Turkey’s cooperation?

A: In exchange for Turkey’s assistance with NATO membership, Sweden agreed to support Turkey’s efforts to join the European Union. This reciprocal support aims to facilitate progress in both countries’ aspirations for membership in their respective alliances.

Q: How does the agreement impact the NATO summit in Lithuania?

A: The agreement between Turkey and Sweden regarding NATO membership has effectively taken the issue off the summit’s agenda. The focus of the summit will primarily be on the war in Ukraine and Kyiv’s membership aspirations, with Sweden’s NATO membership now progressing separately.

Q: What role does the United States play in this agreement?

A: The United States, represented by President Joe Biden, welcomed the agreement and expressed willingness to collaborate with Turkey on defense and deterrence in the Euro-Atlantic region. Additionally, the US has supported Turkey’s acquisition of new F-16 fighter jets, which aligns with Turkey’s demands for increased defense capabilities.

Q: What are the next steps for Sweden’s NATO membership?

A: While the specific timeline for Sweden’s NATO membership approval remains unclear, the agreement between Turkey and Sweden marks a significant step forward. Sweden’s accession protocol will be presented to the Turkish Parliament for ratification, and further progress will be made in the process of integrating Sweden into NATO.

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Lily July 11, 2023 - 8:36 am

it’s great that sweden and turkey found a solution. now we can all work together and make things better!

Mark87 July 11, 2023 - 11:29 am

turkey wants f-16s and sweden wants nato. so they made an agreement. interesting how things are connected like that.

John July 11, 2023 - 12:01 pm

wow, sweden joining nato is a big step forward! turkey finally said yes! now we can focus on the ukraine war.


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