Turkey has told Sweden it expects to ratify its NATO accession “within weeks”, Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom says.
Sweden asked to join NATO last year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. While Turkey endorsed Finland’s membership bid in April it has kept Sweden waiting.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan raised objections over what he said was the protection of groups that Ankara deems “terrorists”. Turkey demanded that Sweden take more steps to rein in local members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
In response, Stockholm introduced a bill that makes membership of a “terrorist organisation” illegal while also lifting arms export restrictions on Turkey.