Turkey Expects To Ratify Sweden’s NATO Accession ‘Within Weeks,’ Says Swedish Minister

Turkey has told Sweden that it expects to ratify its long-delayed accession to the NATO military alliance within weeks, Sweden’s Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom said on November 29. Sweden and Finland asked to join NATO last year after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose country is a NATO member, raised objections over what he said was the two countries’ protection of groups that Ankara deems terrorists. Turkey endorsed Finland’s membership bid in April, but has kept Sweden waiting. There was no immediate confirmation or comment by Turkey.

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