Sweden has Turkey’s permission to join NATO. Erdogan signed the bill

On Thursday, the Turkish president signed a law ratifying Sweden’s membership of NATO.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signed a law ratifying Sweden’s membership in NATO. The relevant notice was published in the Official Journal of Turkey, where the adopted legal acts are published.

“It was considered appropriate to approve the ‘Protocol on the Participation of the Kingdom of Sweden in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’ signed in Brussels on 5 July 2022. This law shall enter into force on the day of its publication. Articles of this law are guaranteed by the president,” we read in the publication.

If Sweden wants to join NATO, it only needs to obtain the consent of one more country: Hungary. All other countries in the alliance have already given the Swedes the green light. Recently, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán invited his Swedish counterpart to Budapest to discuss the issue of NATO expansion.

Turkey agrees

On Wednesday, the Turkish parliament passed a law approving Sweden’s membership of NATO. After a four-hour debate, 287 of the 346 parliamentarians supported the bill, 35 were against and the rest abstained.

After Russia launched a full-scale war against Ukraine, the governments of Sweden and Finland expressed their desire to join NATO. Both countries’ membership applications were quickly approved by all NATO countries except Turkey and Hungary. President Erdogan demanded that Sweden extradite representatives of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, and the Hungarian Prime Minister spoke of “disrespect” for Budapest on the part of the Scandinavian countries.

At the end of March, the parliaments of Turkey and Hungary ratified Finland’s application for membership in the Alliance. After long negotiations, Ankara agreed to Helsinki’s accession to NATO, which took place on April 4 last year. The negotiations with Sweden took longer and therefore the procedure for consenting to Sweden in the Turkish parliament only started in October last year.

Source: Do Rzeczy