Erdogan officially approved Sweden’s membership in NATO

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has officially approved Sweden’s membership in NATO. Information about this appeared on January 25 in the official government gazette Resmi Gazete.

It is alleged that Erdogan signed a decree according to which the ratification of the protocol, which was previously approved by the Turkish parliament, for Sweden’s entry into the alliance is approved.

Now the process of approval of the country’s membership in NATO by Turkey has officially been completed.

Let us recall that on January 23, during a plenary session, the Turkish parliament approved Sweden’s application to NATO. The only country that has not yet approved the application is Hungary.

In conversation with REN TV Retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel Earl Rasmussen, an international consultant and political scientist, said that Turkey’s decision could have been influenced by the United States, which made the country a lucrative offer.

It soon became known that US President Joe Biden called for approval of the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey, which Ankara requested several years ago.

Let us recall that in the summer of 2022, Finland and Sweden sent requests to NATO to become members of the Alliance. Acceptance of a new member requires the consent of all member countries. Türkiye and Hungary turned out to be “stumbling blocks” for the Scandinavian countries.

Earlier it became known that the Hungarian Parliament is going to consider ratification issue applications for Sweden’s accession to NATO during the spring parliamentary session.

In October 2023, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson made a statement that Stockholm was ready to assume responsibility within NATO. According to him, the country can make a significant contribution to the defense power of the alliance, but the politician did not specify what exactly.

Source: Ren

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