NATO’s Northward Expansion – Still no green light from Hungary and Turkey


For Sweden and Finland, NATO continues to say: please wait! Because of the 30 member states, two have not yet given the green light to join – Hungary and Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues to push for the Scandinavians’ promises.

As reported, the government in Ankara initially blocked the start of the admission process. This was justified with the alleged Swedish and Finnish support of “terrorist organisations”. These include the YPG Syrian Kurdish militia and the Gülen movement, which Turkey blames for the coup attempt in 2016. At the end of June, the three countries signed a letter of intent that addressed Ankara’s concerns.

His country is looking at the efforts of Sweden and Finland to fulfill their obligations. Turkey cannot make concessions on counter-terrorism, Erdogan said. He did not give details.

Sweden supplies weapons to Turkey
Turkey’s demands also include the lifting of the Swedish arms embargo. And this has now happened. Sweden on Friday approved the export of war materials to NATO member Turkey for the first time since 2019. According to a statement from the authorities, the move was directly related to the NATO application. Negotiations will take place next week in Ankara in the presence of a Swedish delegate, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported.

Source: Krone


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