Sweden's NATO Membership Clears Hurdle

Recently, Sweden's aspirations to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) received a significant boost as Turkey's parliament backed its membership on 23rd January, 2024, overcoming opposition that persisted for almost two years.

  • Sweden, historically neutral, sought NATO membership due to changing geopolitical dynamics.
  • This decision followed Russia's invasion of Ukraine and a shift in public opinion in favour of NATO membership.

Turkey’s Earlier Opposition to Sweden’s Bid

  • Turkey earlier accused Sweden of leniency towards groups it considers terrorists, such as the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party).
  • Quran-burning protests in Sweden strained relations with Turkey.
  • Recent steps by Sweden, including tightening anti-terrorism laws and supporting ....
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