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Turkish Parliament ratifies Sweden's NATO accession

Turkish Parliament ratifies Sweden's NATO accession Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

The Turkish Parliament ratified Sweden's NATO accession request. Hungary is now the only NATO country yet to make a decision, reports Bloomberg.

After several months of delays and discussions, the Turkish Parliament has finally given its consent for NATO expansion. During today's plenary session, Turkish parliamentarians ratified Sweden's application to join the North Atlantic Alliance.

The document will now be sent to Turkish President Recep Erdogan, who is expected to sign and submit it to the U.S. State Department.

Hungary remains the only NATO country yet to make a decision on Sweden's application. Today, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban proposed that his Swedish counterpart come to Budapest to discuss the matter. Sweden responded that there was nothing to discuss.

Sweden's NATO accession

Sweden's NATO accession is anticipated in about a year and a half. Stockholm initially planned to join the Alliance alongside Finland, but Finland joined NATO in June 2023, and all NATO countries, except Türkiye and Hungary, have ratified Sweden's application.

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 seeking explanations regarding criticisms of the country's democratic development, echoing concerns expressed by many other European politicians.