Still no green light from Turkey over Sweden’s NATO membership

The national flags of NATO member countries fly outside the organisation headquarters in Brussels on April 3, 2023. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Top officials from Sweden, Turkey and Nato met in Ankara on Wednesday, for talks on the Swedish application for membership in the defence alliance.
  • Ahead of the meeting, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sweden can’t expect to be members before the Nato summit in Vilnius.
  • After the meeting, Sweden’s chief negotiator with Turkey, Oscar Stenström, told reporters the meeting brought the process forward, but that “we are still far from the goal”.
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