Sweden's NATO membership will be decided by the Turkish Grand National Assembly and this decision is not final, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said at a press conference.
"I cannot promise that our NATO membership will be confirmed in October. That decision belongs to Türkiye and makes its own decisions," Kristersson said.
The Swedish prime minister said they had agreed that the ratification process for Sweden's NATO membership would be sent to parliament "as soon as possible" after the opening of parliament.
"Everyone is interpreting this to mean that after the opening of parliament, Sweden's membership of NATO will be approved. Now the parliament is open. I think it's about time that Sweden's membership of NATO is ratified," the Swedish Prime Minister emphasized.
Sweden has announced that it wants to become a member of NATO in the wake of Russia's attempted invasion of Ukraine. Membership to the Northern Alliance requires the approval of all member states. Türkiye had expressed its disapproval of Sweden's membership request due to the actions of terrorist organizations in the country and attacks on the Quran.
During the NATO Summit held in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Swedish Prime Minister Kristersson, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg came together in a trilateral summit.
"I am pleased to announce that President Erdogan will take the protocol on Sweden's accession to NATO to the Turkish Grand National Assembly as soon as possible and will work closely with the Parliament to have it adopted," Stoltenberg said after the press conference.
Kristersson had promised to legislate against terrorist organizations operating in Sweden. With this Turkish President highlighted that Sweden must fulfill obligations if it wants to attend NATO.
"Acts of terrorism continue on the streets of Stockholm. The promises made to us have not been kept. We will see how my parliament will act," Erdogan emphasized.
Source: Anadolu Agency