Stockholm hasn’t made sufficient progress to be permitted for membership, the Turkish chief has stated
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned US counterpart Joe Biden that he hasn’t but seen sufficient progress from Sweden on anti-terrorism measures to approve the nation’s software for NATO membership.
In a phone name with Erdogan on Sunday, President Biden “conveyed his want to welcome Sweden into NATO as quickly as attainable,” based on a short readout launched by the White Home.
Erdogan, nonetheless, famous that whereas Stockholm had taken some optimistic steps by revising its anti-terrorism laws, it nonetheless allowed pro-Kurdish “terrorist organizations” to carry public demonstrations.
“This nullifies the steps taken,” Türkiye’s communications directorate quoted Erdogan as saying in a assertion on the cellphone name, held forward of this week’s NATO summit in Vilnius.
Sweden and neighboring Finland utilized for NATO membership final yr, breaking with their lengthy traditions of army neutrality on safety issues raised by the Russia-Ukraine battle. Finland was formally admitted to the Western bloc in April, however Türkiye primarily blocked Sweden’s bid after accusing the nation of sheltering Kurdish terrorists. The alliance’s bylaws require unanimous approval earlier than new members might be admitted.
Biden had beforehand pressured Erdogan to approve Sweden’s NATO software by linking the choice to US approval for the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Ankara. Sunday’s Turkish assertion advised that Biden might have agreed to decouple the problems.
In keeping with Ankara, Erdogan stated it wasn’t acceptable to tie Türkiye’s F-16 request to Sweden’s bid, and he thanked Biden for supporting the fighter-jet deal, although White Home solely stated that the leaders “reviewed efforts to strengthen our bilateral ties.” The 2 leaders additionally agreed to fulfill on the sidelines of the Vilnius summit to additional focus on bilateral points.