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Stoltenberg: Türkiye to Sweden’s NATO membership

Stoltenberg: Türkiye to Sweden’s NATO membership

According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is giving up preventing Sweden from joining the alliance. In a meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Christson, Erdogan agreed to submit the accession protocol to the Turkish Parliament as soon as possible, Stoltenberg said at a press conference in Vilnius tonight.

A few hours ago, Erdogan made a surprise additional request. Before leaving the NATO summit in Lithuania, Erdogan said today in Istanbul, addressing the countries of the European Union: “First we pave the way for Turkey to the European Union, and after that we pave the way for Sweden, just as we paved it for Finland.”

In Vilnius, the Turkish President met not only NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg and Swedish Prime Minister Christerson, but also EU Council President Charles Michel. Then he announced that he wanted to revive relations with Türkiye.

“He discussed with Erdogan ways to push cooperation between the European Union and Turkey to the fore and restore our relations again,” Michel wrote.

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