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Erdogan: Sweden should not expect too much from NATO summit

Jun 14, 2023

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made it clear that Sweden, which seeks to join NATO, must take concrete steps to join the Alliance.

This was reported by Hurriyet Daily News.

Erdogan said that Turkey would not support Sweden's accession to NATO at the July summit in Vilnius.

"The fact that Sweden has certain expectations does not mean that we will meet those expectations. First of all, Sweden must fulfill its responsibilities for us to meet its expectations," he said.


According to the Turkish president, amendments to the Constitution or laws are not enough to effectively fight terrorism.

He believes that it is wrong to put pressure on Turkey regarding Sweden's application.

Erdogan said Turkey would not give the green light to Sweden at the Vilnius summit, a message that was conveyed to Swedish, Finnish, and NATO officials during a meeting on June 14 in Ankara.

Turkey and Hungary are the only NATO member states that have not yet ratified Sweden's application, which requires unanimous ratification.

Author - Olena Madiak, 14/06/2023

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