Sweden says cannot fulfil Turkey’s demands for NATO application | NATO News

Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson says Turkey is asking for an excessive amount of, however he’s assured Ankara will approve its bid for NATO.

Sweden is assured that Turkey will approve its utility to hitch the NATO navy alliance, but it surely is not going to meet all of the circumstances that Ankara has set for its help, Sweden’s prime minister has mentioned.

“Turkey each confirms that now we have achieved what we mentioned we’d do, however in addition they say that they need issues that we can’t or don’t need to give them,” Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson mentioned on Sunday throughout a safety convention.

Finland and Sweden signed a three-way settlement with Turkey in 2022 aimed toward overcoming Ankara’s objections to their membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Group (NATO).

The 2 Nordic international locations utilized to hitch the navy alliance in Could as a response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine final yr. However Turkey has shared its objections to their membership and accused the international locations of harbouring Kurdish rebels.

It refused to approve their membership till each international locations take the requested steps, together with becoming a member of Turkey to struggle towards the outlawed Kurdistan Staff’ Occasion (PKK), which is designated as a “terrorist” group by the USA and the European Union.

Sweden has strong ties with the Kurdish diaspora, which has been a clashing level between the international locations. Turkey can also be requesting the extradition of those that Turkey regards as “terrorists”.

In December, Sweden’s Supreme Court docket blocked the extradition of exiled Turkish journalist Bulent Kenes, which is a key demand by Ankara to ratify Stockholm’s NATO membership. Turkey has accused Kenes of being concerned in a 2016 try and topple President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a coup.

Turkey can also be in search of to extradite 33 alleged Kurdish fighters and coup plot suspects from Sweden and Finland.

In late December, Turkey praised Sweden for responding to its safety considerations however burdened extra was wanted to win Ankara’s full backing for Stockholm’s stalled NATO membership bid.

At present, solely Hungary and Turkey among the many 30 NATO member states haven’t but authorized the purposes of each international locations.

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has mentioned parliament will quickly approve each Finland’s and Sweden’s accession bids, leaving Turkey as the one hurdle to beat.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg mentioned he expects Sweden and Finland to hitch the alliance as early as this yr, admitting that the choice is determined by the Turkish and Hungarian parliaments.

“I anticipate [that accession will take place in 2023], however I cannot assure the precise date, as a result of it’s in fact a sovereign resolution of the Turkish and Hungarian parliaments, [which] haven’t but ratified the settlement,” Stoltenberg mentioned.

Finland and Sweden “are clearly dedicated to long-term cooperation with Turkey” and “the time has come to finalise the accession course of and to ratify the accession protocol”, he added.

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