Turkey does not need to “meet” Sweden’s membership “expectations”.

For thirteen months, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been blocking the Scandinavian country from joining the Atlantic alliance.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in for a third term as the country's leader on June 3, 2023.  (AYTAC UNAL / ANADOLU AGENCY / AFP)

Ankara has not yet opened its doors to Stockholm. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Wednesday June 14 that Turkey would not “satisfying” not necessary “Expectations” Sweden is a candidate for NATO membership at the next Atlantic Alliance summit in Vilnius (Lithuania) on July 11 and 12. “Sweden has expectations, but that doesn’t mean we will meet them.” Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan announced that he has been barred from entering Sweden for thirteen months, criticizing him particularly for his leniency towards Kurdish fighters who have taken refuge on his soil.

“For us to live up to these expectations, Sweden must first do its part.” State President added. A trilateral meeting between Turkey, Sweden and Finland to discuss the Stockholm membership plan was held in parallel in Ankara on Wednesday. “Progress has been made”Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, confirmed for whom the advance was made. “It is possible to reach an agreement through the summit” From Vilnius.

In Istanbul in early June, Jens Stoltenberg called on Turkey to recognize Sweden’s membership. “soon”Considering what she had “fulfilled its obligations”. At the same time, the anti-Erdogan demonstration in Stockholm was also against these members, especially the Rojava group, which supports Ankara’s enemies, the Kurdish armed groups in Syria. Sweden is the only country of the 31 NATO member states not yet a member, along with Turkey and Hungary, which gave the green light to Finland’s entry into the Atlantic alliance at the end of March.

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