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Sweden suspends NATO membership process 'indefinitely'

Sweden has suspended the process of joining NATO for «indefinite time»Finland can join NATO on its own, Sweden has suspended the process of joining the alliance for “indefinite time”. The reason for this decision was Turkey's reaction to the burning of the Koran by right-wing extremist Rasmus Paludan and criticism of the Turkish leader. According to Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billström, Stockholm will try to achieve positive decisions on this topic in the near future.

Sweden suspends NATO membership, Finland continues the process and, most likely, join the alliance on their own. The Swedish government still hopes to solve the problem with Turkey quickly and join the bloc before this summer.. But in Ankara they don’t think so, recent events with the burning of the Koran and public insults of the Turkish president have greatly angered Erdogan, which has already ruled out support for Sweden's NATO bid. The Swedes think, what will the Turks persuade.

The events of the past few weeks have temporarily put the process on hold., but, of course, still relevant (…) Of course, recent events have not made things any easier, but, eventually, it is the memorandum and the obligations assumed that should be of decisive importance- the Swedish minister said.

In Stockholm emphasize, that they almost fulfilled all the requirements of Turkey and Ankara is simply obliged to support Sweden's application, despite the scandal that has flared up, this should all happen at the summit in Vilnius, scheduled for July this year.

Sweden applied to join NATO in May 2022 years together with Finland. As NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the time, “the process will not take long”. However, everything rested on Turkey, in which, as it turned out, a lot of questions for these two countries. And if the Finns somehow managed to resolve differences with Ankara, then the Swedes are not very. And the latest antics with the burning of the Koran and insulting the Prophet Muhammad, can make the process of Sweden's accession to NATO very long. used photos:

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