Jens Stoltenberg “expects” membership of Sweden and Finland in 2023, without guaranteeing it

formalities – Earlier today, Sweden denounced Turkey’s demands

Launched in the summer of 2022, a few months after the start of the war in Ukraine, the Sweden’s NATO accession process and Finland could be completed in 2023, according to Jens Stoltenberg. “I expect (the accession will take place in 2023), but I will not guarantee the exact date, because it is of course a sovereign decision of the Turkish Parliament and the Hungarian Parliament, (which) have not yet ratified the agreement”, announced the Secretary General of NATO in an interview with AFP. The Hungary and above all Turkey have been blocking the entry of the two Nordic countries into NATO since May.

“We had negotiations, and they were quite demanding, in July last year, when Turkey, Finland and Sweden agreed on a joint memorandum in which they described how they could intensify their collaboration, at both with regard to arms exports, but also, for example, in the fight against terrorism”, recalled Jens Stoltenberg.

No fixed date

“Finland and Sweden have respected this agreement and are clearly committed to long-term cooperation with Turkey on these issues. Therefore, the time has come to finalize the accession process and ratify the accession protocol,” he said.

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