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ISTANBUL: Turkiye‘s parliament voted Tuesday to allow Sweden to join Nato, putting the Nordic country one step closer to entering the military alliance and easing a diplomatic stalemate that has clouded Turkiye’s relations with the US and hampered Western efforts to isolate Russia over its war in Ukraine.
The measure passed after a vote of 287-55, with four abstentions in the 600-member body.It will go into effect once it is published in the country’s official gazette, usually a swift formality. That would make Hungary the only Nato member that has not approved Sweden’s accession, depriving the alliance of the unanimity required to add a new member.
The bill’s passage is a big moment for Nato, paving the way for expanding its deterrence against Russia at a time when some of its members are struggling to provide Ukraine with enough arms to roll back Russia’s invasion. Sweden’s accession would open a vast stretch of Nordic land to potential military operations by the alliance and extend to Sweden the other members’ automatic protection should it come under attack.
Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement late Tuesday that he welcomed the news from Turkiye, according to Reuters. But, he said, “I also count on Hungary to complete its national ratification as soon as possible.” He continued: “Sweden has fulfilled its commitments. Sweden’s membership makes Nato stronger and all of us safer.”
“Being a full-fledged ally means that if Sweden is under pressure or attack, there is no debate over whether Nato would defend it,” said Camille Grand, a former Nato assistant secretary-general. “As we see very clearly with Ukraine, you can be the closest Nato partner, but if you’re not an ally, the debate is different.”
Despite Tuesday’s vote, Sweden’s swift accession is not guaranteed. Turkiye could delay filing its formal approval with the alliance, and it remains unclear when Hungary, whose parliament is in recess until Feb 15, might provide its assent.
Still, Sweden’s PM, Ulf Kristersson, praised the “positive” developments in Turkiye, writing on the social media platform X, “Today we are one step closer to becoming a full member of Nato.”
On Tuesday, PM Viktor Orban of Hungary invited Sweden’s PM to Hungary to “negotiate” Sweden’s accession, suggesting that Hungary may seek concessions in exchange for its support. “I am convinced that strong mutual trust must be the foundation of any political and security arrangements between Sweden and Hungary,” Orban wrote in a letter to the PM. Foreign minister Tobias Billstrom of Sweden responded that he did not see “any reason to negotiate” but that the two countries could “have a dialogue and continue to discuss questions,” according to Swedish news agency TT.





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