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Turkey Drags Its Heels on Swedish NATO Accession

Turkey’s longstanding dispute with Sweden over the latter’s asylum policies for members of Kurdish organizations deemed terror groups by Ankara has resurfaced once again

  • Trevor Filset
  • The National Interest

Turkish officials announced on Monday that the country’s leadership was not yet prepared to approve Sweden’s accession to NATO—effectively guaranteeing that Stockholm remains out of the thirty-nation military alliance until the government’s conditions are met.

In a media statement released on Monday, Omer Celik, a spokesman for Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), indicated that Ankara was still waiting for Sweden to honor several commitments it made in a…

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