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Turkey Is Unlikely to Sign Off on Swedish NATO Bid This Year

  • Officials say chances even before June elections are slim
  • Turkey plans to vote on Swedish, Finnish bids simultaneously
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Turkey is unlikely to sign off on Sweden’s bid for NATO membership before the end of the year, and the chances of this happening even before elections due next year are slim, according to officials familiar with the issue.

Sweden hasn’t done enough to meet Turkish demands and the Turkish parliament’s agenda is full for the rest of the year, said the officials, who asked not to be named while speaking about a confidential matter. Turkey is happy with cooperation from Finland which has also applied to join the alliance, but plans to vote on both applications simultaneously, they said.