The Turkish leader signed a bill allowing Sweden to join NATO, two days after Turkey’s parliament gave its consent after a 20-month delay. To become a full member of the Alliance, Stockholm still needs a positive decision from the last country – Hungary.
Türkiye published on Thursday the law signed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approving membership Sweden in NATO, in the official official journal, finalizing the ratification of the relevant protocol. Türkiye has yet to hand over to Washington, according to the rules FOR THISfinal document – ratification instrument.
The Turkish Grand National Assembly (the unicameral parliament) on Tuesday ratified Sweden’s application to join NATO by an overwhelming majority. 287 votes were for, 55 against, four parliamentarians abstained.
“We have thus achieved a milestone on Sweden’s path to NATO,” wrote Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson on the X platform.
Waiting for Hungary’s decision
Currently, the only country that has not yet agreed to Sweden joining NATO as the 32nd member of the Alliance is Hungary. On Tuesday, the country’s prime minister Viktor Orbán invited the head of the Swedish government, Ulf Kristersson, for talks on this matter.
Kristersson replied to Orban that he would come to Budapest “when it suits both (prime ministers – ed.).” He also reminded that the next opportunity to meet is the European Council in Brussels scheduled for February 1.
Hungary has repeatedly declared that it will not be the last country to approve Sweden’s entry into NATO, but that is exactly what happened.
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