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UDN: Sweden Wants to Join NATO, but not All Turkey’s Demands Can be Met

United Daily News (UDN), one of the primary Taiwanese news groups, recently reported that Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said Sweden is confident Turkey will allow Sweden to join the NATO military alliance, but Sweden will not be able to meet all of Turkey’s demands in exchange. Whether NATO expands in size needs to receive unanimous approval from all member states. Kristersson said that Turkey confirmed that Sweden did what Sweden promised, but Turkey also made clear that it wanted what Sweden couldn’t or didn’t want to do for it. Sweden, Finland and Turkey signed a tripartite agreement last year that is expected to end Turkey’s opposition to the two countries joining NATO. Sweden and Finland have long maintained close ties with Western militaries but have been reluctant to join military alliances for fear of angering Russia. However, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last February prompted a change in attitude in Sweden and Finland. Turkey had previously used the support for Finland and Sweden to join NATO as leverage, demanding that the two countries take a tougher stance against Kurdish militias that Turkey considers terrorists.

Source: UDN, January 8, 2023