Turkish President Submits Sweden’s NATO Membership To Parliment

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On Monday Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan submitted a bill to Turkey’s parliament which would officially ratify Turkey’s approval for Sweden’s bid to join NATO.  In July, Erdogan had promised to submit the bill when parliament reconvened on October 1 but delayed as Turkish officials urged Sweden to take more decisive action against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militia inside Sweden, a terrorist organization recognized by Turkey, the E.U., the U.S., and other countries.  Turkey reversed its opposition to Sweden’s NATO admission after receiving promises from the Biden administration for permission to purchase 40 F-16’s and upgrade kits and after receiving assurances from Sweden to assist in Turkey joining the E.U.  There is no timetable for the bill’s approval but Sweden’s Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson welcomed the news and tweeted that Stockholm was looking forward to becoming a NATO member. Hungary has still not approved Sweden’s admission, with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán saying there is “no rush” to ratify Sweden’s membership.