Turkey approves Sweden’s entry into NATO after 20 months of blockade

The Turkish Parliament has given the ‘green light’ this Tuesday to Sweden’s accession protocol to NATO, thus paving the way for the Scandinavian country to be a member of the defensive alliance and leaving the final decision on its entry to Hungary, which has not yet given its approval.

Specifically, the protocol has been approved by 287 votes in favor, while 55 deputies have voted against after Parliament postponed the vote in November, according to the TRT Haber channel.

Last October, President Erdogan sent the question of Swedish accession to NATO to the Turkish Parliament to put an end to a process that started during the Madrid summit in 2022 with the help of Finland.

The Turkish authorities have indicated on several occasions the presence in Sweden of pro-Kurdish movements, especially with regard to any support for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)which Ankara considers a terrorist organization.

Furthermore, over the last few months there have been several incidents in Swedish territory related to the burning of copies of the Koran, the holy book of Islam, as well as against the figure of President Erdogan himself.

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