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Agreement Reached: Turkey Receives EU Support, Allows Sweden to Join NATO

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has announced that Turkey will finally allow the unanimous vote to accept Sweden into the alliance.

Turkish state media, Andalou Agency, has hinted at an agreement related to the European Union with a quote from a senior government official, saying, “The Government of Turkiye has received full support for the path of European Union membership, the lifting of sanctions against the Turkish economy, and the liberalization of visas for Turkish citizens.”

“I call out to those who have kept Turkey waiting at the EU door for more than 50 years, pave the way for Turkey and we will pave the way for Sweden,” Erdogan said Monday before a meeting with NATO’s Secretary General and Sweden’s Prime Minister.

However, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has stated that the question of Sweden’s NATO membership and Turkey’s EU hopes are “not related”, which was echoed by the European Commission.

The announcement comes just before a NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, where US President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet on the sidelines, Tuesday.

“I welcome Erdogan’s commitment to transfer the protocol of Sweden’s ascension to NATO to parliament for speedy ratification,” Biden said. The United States has put heavy pressure on Turkey to come to reasonable terms after Turkey continued to increase the requirements for their acceptance, including the potential cancellation of Turkey’s needed purchase of F-16 multirole jets to boost it’s aging fleet.

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson stated, “Our commitment to what we agreed upon with Turkey is a long-term one, and not only for joining NATO,” before adding, “We have not made any new commitments other than those agreed in Madrid last year.”

Now, only Hungary stands in the way of Sweden’s ascension to NATO. Kristersson remains optimistic, however, stating, “We are confident that Hungary will not delay our accession to NATO.”

Joshua Paulo
Joshua Paulo
Combining a Criminal Justice and International Relations background, Josh boasts years of experience in various forms of analysis and freelance journalism. He currently spearheads a team of professionals committed to delivering unbiased reporting to provide the public and private sector with accurate and insightful information. Josh serves as Atlas's Director of News.

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