Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Bilström made a statement regarding the postponement of the tripartite mechanism established to evaluate the process of joining NATO.
The Swedish minister said the tripartite mechanism was temporarily suspended due to Turkey’s anger over actions against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and attacks on the Holy Quran. However, it was noted that the process of Sweden’s accession to NATO has not been stopped.
In an interview with the Swedish newspaper Expressen Newspaper, Billström said: “Of course, recent events have not made things any easier. This led to a temporary suspension of the accession process,” he said. “But in the end, the memorandum and the commitments that we have made must be valid,” he said.
Stating that Sweden is very close to fulfilling all obligations under the agreement with Turkey and Finland, the minister said: “But of course we would not have fulfilled our part without the fulfilled memorandum.”
THE MINISTER’S SPEAKER CLARIFIED THE QUESTION
After stating that Sweden is aiming to become a full member of NATO at the summit to be held in Vilnius in July, Bilström’s words were interpreted as “Sweden has suspended the NATO membership process”, and then Bilström’s press secretary Anna Ehrhardt stated: “Sweden. he did not stop the process of joining NATO. “The government continues to implement the memorandum that exists between the three countries. But Turkey will decide when to ratify it.” said.
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