Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (C) says he does not want to speculate on the possibilities of early ratification. He asserts that so far he only has media information about the new openings in the Turkish and Hungarian parliament calendars.
On TT’s question whether the government sees it practicable with Turkish approval in time for Vilnius, he says, in connection with the government’s climate meeting:
– it is clear that. But as I’ve said all along, they’re the ones who have to make decisions about and when they want to believe, and only they can do that.
Defense Minister Pål Jonson (M) is satisfied with the information.
– Obviously, we welcome this, Johnson told the Swedish press on site at the meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels.
There, Johnson held one-on-one talks with both Hungary and Turkey – two countries that are not yet dependent on Sweden as a NATO member.
– It was a good conversation, my Hungarian colleague assured that Hungary would not be the last country to ratify a Swedish application, says Johnson.
– I also had a friendly conversation with my Turkish colleague. He said it was good for Sweden to become a member, but they still wanted to wait for the implementation of the new terrorism law passed on June 1. That’s what he told me, says Johnson.
Works this summer
Parliamentarians in Turkey usually finish their work and go on vacation on July 1 — but on Tuesday, the Turkish National Assembly decided they should continue working after that.
No official explanation was given there as to why the holiday was postponed, but in practice it means that Turkey gets more time to make the crucial decision on Sweden’s NATO request. It does not say how long the work will continue.
The Hungarian parliament plans to vote on Sweden’s request in the coming weeks, according to a parliamentary schedule seen by AFP. The agenda for the current session was voted on – although no specific date was set – and the work of the Hungarian parliamentarians was extended to an “extraordinary summer session”.
This means that the vote must be held no later than their last working day, July 7.
“It seems unlikely.”
The US ambassador in Ankara does not believe that Turkey will give Sweden the green light before the upcoming NATO summit in Vilnius, which will take place on July 11-12.
– It seems unlikely that we will see any movement before Vilnius, Ambassador Jeff Flake tells the US news site Axios.
However, Flick sees good odds that “it could happen in Vilnius”.
However, the prerequisite for this is that both the Turkish Parliament and Hungary have been able to vote to ratify Sweden’s request.
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