Turkey will not ratify Sweden's entry into NATO before 2023

4 November 2022, 01:00 AM
Jens Stoltenberg shakes hands with Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the quadripartite meeting between NATO, Turkey, Finland and Sweden in Madrid on 28 June 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Violeta Santos Moura)

Jens Stoltenberg shakes hands with Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the quadripartite meeting between NATO, Turkey, Finland and Sweden in Madrid on 28 June 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Violeta Santos Moura)

Turkey is unlikely to sign off on Sweden's joining NATO before 2023, Bloomberg reported on Nov. 3, citing informed sources.

According to Bloomberg's sources, it is unlikely that Ankara will ratify the application before the general election, which will be held in June 2023. Officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Bloomberg that Sweden “has not done enough to meet Turkey's demands” and that the Turkish parliament's agenda is quite full for the rest of 2022.

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At the same time, Turkey is satisfied with Finland’s cooperation with, but intends to vote on both applications simultaneously.

Bloomberg sources also said with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visiting Turkey for several days, Ankara is pushing for “decisive steps” – primarily from Sweden.

“Turkey, Finland and Sweden agreed on a tripartite memorandum,” Stoltenberg said.

“This memorandum will bring more security to Turkey. Finland and Sweden fulfill their obligations to Turkey. Their membership will make us stronger.”

Turkey and Hungary remain the only holdouts out of 30 NATO member states that haven’t ratified Finland’s and Sweden’s accession to the alliance. Hungary may put the matter to a vote before the end of the year.

On June 29, NATO officially invited Sweden and Finland to join the alliance. The day before, Turkey, Finland, and Sweden signed a tripartite memorandum, in which Ankara promised not to block the two countries' accession process, in exchange for fulfilling its demands. Accession protocols must be ratified by the parliaments of all 30 NATO members.

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