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Turkey’s absence… NATO expects to join Sweden in July
Biden “Negotiating F-16 Fighters and Joining NATO from Sweden”
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As President Recep Erdogan Turkiye managed to be re-elected, dark clouds hang over Sweden’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and NATO.

Turkey and Hungary, which currently hold the key as NATO members, are opposed, but the United States has repeatedly pressed for approval for membership.

Reporter Kim Seon-hee reports.


North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting in Oslo, Norway.

Sweden joining NATO was expected to be discussed, but Turkiye eventually withdrew.

Turkiye continues to oppose Sweden’s NATO membership, saying that Sweden is protecting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which is a threat to its national security.

First of all, the NATO side said Turkey’s absence was due to the formation of the parliament, and expected Sweden’s accession at the July summit.

[옌스 스톨텐베르크 / 나토 사무총장 : (7월) 정상회담까지 결정을 내리는 것을 목표로 합니다. 보장은 없지만, 정상회담을 통해 해결책을 도출하고 스웨덴의 정회원국 자격에 대한 결정을 가능하게 할 수 있습니다.]

However, it is not known whether Turkey, which has pursued its own interests by walking a tightrope diplomacy between Russia and the West, will readily approve of Sweden’s admission.

However, as President Biden seeks to calm the F-16 fighter jet trade, expectations that Turkey will approve membership are rising.

Turkey wants to import $20 billion worth of F-16 fighter jets to the United States, but the US Congress has refused, citing opposition to NATO membership and human rights issues.

[조 바이든 / 미국 대통령 : (에르도안과 이야기를 나눴는데) 그는 여전히 F16과 관련한 작업을 하길 원했고 저는 그에게 우리가 스웨덴과 관련한 거래를 원한다고 말했기 때문에 그것을 끝내면 서로 다시 연락할 것입니다.]

US Secretary of State Tony Blincoln held a press conference with the Prime Minister of Sweden and pressed Turkey to quickly approve NATO membership.

[토니 블링컨 / 미 국무장관 : 더 이상 시간이 필요하지 않습니다. 스웨덴은 이제 준비가 됐습니다. 그 결정은 지금 진행돼야 합니다.]

Russia is taking retaliatory measures, such as notifying Finland to close some diplomatic missions after joining NATO in April.

After the war in Ukraine, the tug of war continues between the West trying to strengthen the NATO alliance and Russia trying to stop it.

This is Kim Seon-hee’s YTN.

Video editing: Lee Eun-kyung

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