ANKARA, Turkey — The Turkish Parliament’s international affairs committee gave its consent to Sweden’s bid to hitch NATO on Tuesday, drawing the beforehand non-aligned Nordic nation nearer to membership within the Western army alliance.
Sweden’s accession protocol will now must be authorised within the basic meeting for the final stage of the legislative course of in Turkey. No date has been set.
Turkey, a NATO member, has delayed ratifying Sweden’s utility for greater than a yr, accusing the nation of being too lenient towards teams that Ankara regards as threats to its safety, together with Kurdish militants and members of a community that Ankara blames for a failed coup in 2016.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier this month threw up one other impediment by overtly linking ratification of Sweden’s NATO membership to the U.S. Congress’ approval of a Turkish request to buy 40 new F-16 fighter jets and kits to modernize Turkey’s present fleet.
Erdogan additionally additionally known as on Canada and different NATO allies to life arms embargoes imposed on Turkey.
The White Home has backed the Turkish F-16 request however there’s robust opposition in Congress to army gross sales to Turkey.
The Turkish parliament’s international affairs committee had begun discussing Sweden’s membership in NATO final month. The assembly nonetheless, was adjourned after legislators from Erdogan’s ruling celebration submitted a movement for a postponement on grounds that some points wanted extra clarification and that negotiations with Sweden had not “matured” sufficient.
On Tuesday, a majority of legislators within the committee voted in favor of Sweden’s utility to hitch.
Sweden and Finland deserted their conventional positions of army nonalignment to hunt safety beneath NATO’s safety umbrella, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Finland joined the alliance in April, changing into NATO’s thirty first member, after Turkey’s parliament ratified the Nordic nation’s bid.
NATO requires the unanimous approval of all present members to develop, and Turkey and Hungary are the one international locations which were holding out. Hungary has stalled Sweden’s bid, alleging that Swedish politicians have advised “blatant lies” in regards to the situation of Hungary’s democracy.
The delays have annoyed different NATO allies who had been swift to simply accept Sweden and Finland into the alliance.