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Sweden Can’t Accept Some Demands Of Turkiye For NATO Membership: PM

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On Sunday, Sweden’s Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said that the requests made by Turkiye, which has kept the NATO membership bids of Finland and Sweden stopped for months, cannot be accepted. “Turkiye has confirmed that we have done what we said we would do, but it also says that it wants things that we can’t, that we don’t want to, give it,” said PM Ulf Kristersson while talking at a security conference where NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg was also attending. 

“We are convinced that Turkiye will make a decision; we just don’t know when,” he stated, further saying that the decision will depend on Turkiye’s internal politics and “Sweden’s capacity to show its seriousness.” 

Sweden and Finland broke the military non-alignment of a decade as they applied to join NATO, the US-led defense alliance after Russia invaded Ukraine in February. 

Regardless, their bids have been blocked by Türkiye, which insists that both nations join Ankara in its fight against banned Kurdish militants. The significant demands of Türkiye affect the participation of Sweden because the nation shares robust relations with the Kurdish diaspora.

The foreign minister of Finland is not in a hurry to join NATO and is willing to wait for Sweden to get the green light to join the alliance.

“Finland is not in such a rush to join NATO that we can’t wait until Sweden gets the green light,” said Pekka Haavisto, addressing reporters at Sunday’s conference. 

Türkiye had hailed Sweden in late December for responding to its security concerns but emphasized that more efforts were needed to win Ankara’s support for getting the stalled NATO membership bid approved for Stockholm. 

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