Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a press conference at the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania on Wednesday that the Turkish parliament will ratify Sweden’s membership in NATO but will have to wait until October when lawmakers will return from the break, according to the PTI.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Sweden’s bid for NATO membership would not be ratified by Turkey’s parliament until October, but he hoped for quick ratification once lawmakers return from ‘pause.
Turkey on Monday withdrew its objections to Sweden joining the alliance, a step towards unity that Western leaders have been rushing to show in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Erdogan’s decision was an important step towards Sweden’s membership and came after days of intensive meetings.
Erdogan’s comments on Wednesday were his first public confirmation of his decision to return Sweden’s membership to parliament, where his party and allies have a majority.