Erdogan Agrees To Advance Sweden’s NATO Membership

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Hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey would advance Sweden’s NATO membership if Europe would “open the way” for Turkey to be admitted to the EU, a proposal rejected by the European Commission, Erdogan announced that he would submit Sweden’s admission to the Turkish Parliament as soon as possible. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called the move “historic.”  Sweden’s Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson celebrated the announcement and said that Sweden has “worked very hard” to address Turkish concerns about Kurdish terrorists operating in Sweden. In return for Turkey’s support in joining NATO, Sweden has agreed to back Turkey’s EU bid which has been ongoing since 1987. Sweden has also promised greater economic cooperation with Turkey. Turkey’s support for Sweden’s NATO membership also allows for renewed talks for Turkey to purchase F-16 fighters from the U.S.  However, 38% of Swedes remain either opposed or unsure about Sweden joining NATO.