lifts embargo on protection exports to Türkiye – media

34 lifts embargo on protection exports to Türkiye – media

The transfer comes after a Turkish parliamentary committee authorized Sweden’s utility to affix NATO

Sweden has lifted an embargo on the export of defensive navy gear to Türkiye following a Turkish parliamentary committee’s approval of Stockholm’s NATO membership bid, Turkish media reported on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the overseas affairs committee of Türkiye’s Grand Nationwide Meeting greenlit Stockholm’s bid to affix the Western navy alliance following delays that had hampered the enlargement of the 31-member bloc – primarily from Türkiye and Hungary.

The committee’s approval is predicted to result in Sweden’s NATO accession to be debated and ratified by Ankara’s parliament. No date has but been set for a vote by the legislature, after which it will require formal approval by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Quickly afterwards, Stockholm moved to raise its protection export embargo on Ankara and has begun to challenge export licences on the request of Turkish firms, information outlet Yeni Safak mentioned on Wednesday, citing remark from Deputy Overseas Minister Burak Akcapar.

“After the beginning of the method [to approve Sweden’s membership to NATO], the purposes submitted by Turkish firms have been positively accomplished,” Akcapar mentioned, in response to the newspaper.

The embargo was imposed by Sweden in October 2019 in objection to a Turkish navy operation in opposition to Kurdish militia in Syria. Beforehand, President Erdogan threatened to dam Sweden’s entry to NATO – in addition to that of its Nordic neighbor Finland.

NATO Secretary Basic Jens Stoltenberg has welcomed Türkiye’s intent to ratify Stockholm’s NATO utility, and referred to as on Hungary to additionally rubber-stamp the transfer “as quickly as attainable.”

“Sweden’s membership will make NATO stronger,” Stoltenberg added on Tuesday.

The elimination of the embargo may result in a rise in protection commerce between Türkiye and Sweden, in addition to attainable strategic collaboration.

Türkiye, a NATO member since 1953, had requested that Sweden and Finland change their stances on Kurdish militant teams that Ankara considers to be terrorist organizations, and for Sweden to take away its embargo on gross sales of defensive weaponry.

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