The Turkish Parliament will vote this Tuesday whether to approve Sweden’s accession to NATO

Archive photo of the Turkish Parliament. EFE/EPA/NECATI SAVAS (NECATI SAVAS/)

Turkey’s parliament is expected to end more than a year of delays that severely strained its ties with Western allies and approve this week the membership of Sweden in NATO.

cnn reported that the vote could take place on Tuesday, while a source told the AFP which could be held on Thursday.

Türkiye’s ratification would leave Hungary as the last stronghold in the accession process that Sweden and its neighbor Finland They began in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine almost two years ago.

Finland became the 31st member of the US-led defense alliance last April.

Its membership roughly doubled the length of NATO’s border with Russia. and substantially strengthened the defenses of three small Baltic nations that joined the bloc after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Sweden and Finland pursued a policy of military non-alignment during the Cold War confrontation between Moscow and Washington.

But Russia’s invasion of its western neighbor sparked the largest and most brutal land battle in Europe since World War II, upending geopolitical calculations.

The resistance of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip ErdoganSweden’s entry into NATO reflected its more nuanced stance toward Moscow.

FILE PHOTO: Banners with the NATO logo are placed at the entrance to the new NATO headquarters during the move to the new building, in Brussels, Belgium.  April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/
FILE PHOTO: Banners with the NATO logo are placed at the entrance to the new NATO headquarters during the move to the new building, in Brussels, Belgium. April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/ (YVES HERMAN/)

Turkey has benefited from maintaining (and even expanding) trade with Russia while supplying Ukraine with drones and other essential weapons.

Erdogan has also been one of the few Western leaders to hold regular meetings and telephone conversations with the Russian president. Vladimir Putin.

Turkish media reported that Putin could make his first wartime visit to Turkey next month.

American fighter aircraft

Erdogan’s objections to Sweden’s candidacy initially focused on the perception that Stockholm accepted Kurdish groups that Ankara considers “terrorists.”

Sweden has responded tightening its anti-terrorism legislation and adopting other security measures demanded by Erdogan.

The foreign affairs committee of the Turkish parliament approved the Swedish candidacy last month.

But Erdogan has since demanded that Washington fulfill its promise to deliver a batch of F-16 fighter for Türkiye’s aging air force.

Last month, Erdogan discussed his demands by phone with US President Joe Biden.

U.S. officials argued that Turkey’s request could win the required congressional approval if Sweden joins NATO, a position reaffirmed by U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinkenduring a visit to Istanbul this month.

“We haven’t looked at the wording about how prepared we are for Sweden to formally join the alliance,” said State Department deputy spokesman Vedant Patelafter news emerged that Turkey was finally ready to ratify the Swedish candidacy.

“We have long felt that (Sweden) has fulfilled its commitment and we look forward to this process moving forward.”

Some analysts also linked Turkey’s continued delays to Erdogan’s anger toward Washington for its support of how Israel is carrying out its war against Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

Erdogan has become one of the Muslim world’s harshest critics of the scale of death and destruction unleashed by Israel in response to the militants’ unprecedented October 7 attack on Israel.

(With information from AFP)

Source-www.infobae.com