Turkey agrees to back Sweden’s NATO bid

·

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has agreed to back Sweden’s bid to join the NATO military alliance at a meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania on Monday.

Speaking on the eve of the Summit, NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said Erdogan “agreed to forward the accession protocol for Sweden to the grand national assembly as soon as possible, and work closely with the assembly to ensure ratification.”

Stoltenberg declined to give a date for when Sweden’s accession would be ratified by the Turkish parliament.

(L) Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and (R) President Joe Biden at NATO Summit, Vilnius. Photo: Daily Sabah.
(L) Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and (R) President Joe Biden at NATO Summit, Vilnius. Photo: Daily Sabah.

This news was welcomed by US President Joe Biden who said earlier on Sunday that he was working on a deal whereby Turkey would allow Sweden into NATO in return for the sale of US F-16 fighter jets to Ankara.

“Turkey is looking to modernise F16 aircraft. And (Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos) Mitsotakis in Greece is also looking for some help,” Biden told CNN.

“So what I’m trying to do honestly is to achieve a consortium where we strengthen NATO in terms of the military capability of both Greece and Turkey to allow Sweden to join the Alliance.”

The deal was on the condition the jets could not be used to threaten Greece in its ongoing maritime waters dispute with Turkey in the Aegean Sea.

Source: The Guardian.

Advertisement

Share:

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TGH

By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Latest News

Mykonos shop owner reflects on Australia, Greece and crystals

Greek Australian, Apostolos Triantafyllou, 56, has been living in Mykonos for over 30 years now, and running his jewellery store 'Amethyst'.

Niki Louca shares her recipe for chicken pie with mushrooms

Niki Louca from My Greek Kitchen shares her favourite recipe for kotopita with manitaria (chicken pie with mushrooms) with The Greek Herald.

Dr Trakakis to give lecture in Melbourne on the late poet Tasos Leivaditis

Dr Nick Trakakis will give a seminar on Thursday, May 30 at the Greek Centre in Melbourne on the late poet Tasos Leivaditis.

Greek Australian artist VASSY receives Billions List award

Greek Australian-bred, singer, songwriter and dance music producer VASSY, has been honoured with the Billions List Award by APRA AMCOS.

Themis Chryssidis to reinvent his acclaimed Adelaide restaurant

Themis Chryssidis is transforming his acclaimed city restaurant, eleven, with a new menu and more affordable prices.

You May Also Like

Denne Cruz: How a homeless American man found a home in the Greek Australian community

Denne Cruz shared his incredible journey through life, from being homeless in Kentucky, USA, to becoming a Greek Orthodox Christian in Australia, at the 2020 Youth Assemble held at St Euphemia College, Bankstown.

Debut book by Andrew Pippos shines new light on Greek Australian cafés

“I wanted to write about a familiar setting that had an importance to me personally,” Andrew Pippos says to The Greek Herald.

Police officer ‘disgusted’ with himself after propositioning schoolgirl while on duty, court hears

A police officer being sentenced for misconduct after having sex with a schoolgirl he approached on duty has told a court he's "disgusted" in himself.