No breakthrough in NATO-Turkey talks about Sweden joining

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss Sweden’s potential membership in the military organization, but no progress was made. Turkey and Hungary have yet to endorse Sweden’s accession protocol, which all 31 member countries must ratify for a candidate to join NATO. Turkey accuses Sweden of being too lenient on security threats, including militant Kurdish groups and people associated with a 2016 coup attempt. Stoltenberg stated that the permanent joint mechanism will meet again in the week starting on June 12 to address Turkey’s concerns. Sweden has fulfilled its obligations for membership, including amending its constitution, strengthening its anti-terror laws, and lifting an arms embargo on Turkey. Sweden and Finland sought protection under NATO’s security umbrella after Russia invaded Ukraine last year.
NATO-Turkey talks concerning Sweden joining the military alliance broke down on Thursday during a NATO meeting in Brussels concerning the 29-nation military alliance.

The process to welcome the Scandinavian nation into the alliance broke down after all other nations, with the exception of Turkey, supported a Swedish bid to join. Turkey, in contrast, blocked the resolution and has, for the near-term, put the process on hold.

The main sticking point in the negotiations centers around a dispute between Turkey and Greece over airspace and gas exploration off the island of Cyprus. As such, the two countries found themselves unable to reach a compromise during the talks, leading to the breakdown and the blocking of the resolution. As a result, the NATO foreign ministers were unable to come to a consensus on the issue of Sweden’s possible membership.

The situation raises questions about the future of the alliance at a time when the European Union is facing numerous challenges, ranging from the rise of authoritarianism and populism in various member-states to the resurgence of conflicts in many of its far-flung corners.

The hope now is that NATO is able to resolve the popular contradictions quickly and smoothly and reconsider the issue of Swedish membership at a later date. The sooner NATO can agree on Swedish membership, the stronger the alliance will be in the face of Europe’s contemporary challenges.

In the meantime, the alliance will have to remain focused on deterring existing threats, such as those posed by Russia, while continuing to promote cooperation between the union’s member-states.

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