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Erdogan approves Sweden's NATO membership ratification

Erdogan approves Sweden's NATO membership ratification President of Türkiye Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

President of Türkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved the parliament's ratification of Sweden's membership in the North Atlantic Alliance, according to the Official Gazette of the Republic of Türkiye.

"The ratification of the Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the Accession of the Kingdom of Sweden, signed in Brussels on July 5, 2022, has been approved. The provisions of this law are put into effect by the President of the Republic," the statement reads.

Sweden's NATO membership

Sweden's NATO membership is expected in about a year and a half. Earlier, Stockholm planned to join the Alliance together with Finland, but Helsinki joined NATO in June 2023, while Sweden's application was ratified by all NATO countries except Hungary.

Budapest promised not to be the last to ratify Sweden's application. However, the voting in the Hungarian parliament has been postponed several times. Hungarian politicians are demanding explanations regarding criticism of the country's democratic development, similar to concerns expressed by many other European politicians.

On January 23, the Turkish parliament ratified Sweden's application to join NATO, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban called on his own parliament to take a similar step.