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Sweden Signals All Turkish Demands for NATO Entry Cannot Be Met

  • Decision on NATO membership rests with Turkey, Sweden says
  • Swedish prime minister spoke at security policy conference
Ulf Kristersson
Ulf KristerssonPhotographer: Mikael Sjoberg/Bloomberg

In the latest sign that Sweden’s entry into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization isn’t imminent, Sweden’s Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said Turkey is asking for too much of the Nordic country in exchange for ratifying its membership. 

While Turkey has confirmed that Sweden has done what it said it would do, “they also say that they want things that we cannot and do not want to give them,” Kristersson said at a security policy conference Folk och Forsvar in Sweden on Sunday. “And now the decision rests with Turkey,” he added.