Turkey agrees to Nato accession for Sweden
The path for Sweden to join Nato now appears to be clear: after months of blockading, Turkey’s President Erdoğan has announced that he will submit the accession protocol to the Turkish parliament for ratification as soon as possible. Erdoğan made the announcement following a mediation meeting, Nato Secretary General Stoltenberg said. What does this mean for Sweden?
Erdoğan’s final move
Everything has turned out well in the end, observes La Libre Belgique:
“Some feared that Erdoğan would open a new round of surreal demands and that he would undermine Nato enlargement — and thus Nato unity — at a key moment in history. But in the end, this will have been the final episode of Erdoğan’s show — this was also the version favoured by Olaf Scholz and Jens Stoltenberg, who were optimistic on Monday about the negotiations leading to a favourable outcome. Ankara has kept Nato and Sweden on tenterhooks while also obtaining a positive signal from the EU at the last minute.”
Sweden must remain Sweden
Despite its imminent accession to Nato Stockholm should continue to be a voice for disarmament, says Aftonbladet:
“We must continue to be a voice for non-proliferation and for new agreements that place limits on existing nuclear weapons. We must continue to be a voice for diplomacy, for negotiations in international conflicts and in prevention work. We must help others, both in acute crises and in the long term, and work for fairer trade. And we must stand up for what is right, for human rights, the rule of law, democracy and the rights of minorities. Sweden’s voice in Nato must not be silenced.”