Sweden allows military exports to Turkey after NATO bid


Sweden’s war material export control authority said on September 30 that it had allowed military exports to Turkey, after blocking them in 2019, Trend reports quoting Hurriyet Daily News.

Ankara called for the restrictions to be lifted after Sweden applied to join NATO in mid-May, which still needs to be ratified by Turkey.

“The government has considered that Sweden’s membership in NATO is the best way to protect the security of Sweden and the Swedish people,” the Strategic Products Inspectorate said in a statement.

The ISP decided to block military exports to Turkey in 2019, following a Turkish military operation in northeast Syria.

“Sweden’s application for NATO membership greatly strengthens the defense and security policy arguments for approving exports of war material to other member states, including Turkey,” he said. authority.

To date, 28 of NATO’s 30 member states have ratified the membership of Sweden and Finland. Only Hungary and Turkey remain, but new members of the alliance must be unanimously approved.

Stockholm and Helsinki, both of which overturned decades of non-alignment when they applied for membership after Russia invaded Ukraine in February, expected the application process to be quick, as they had been assured that they would be welcomed “with open arms”.

But objections from Ankara, which accuses Finland and Sweden of providing a safe haven for the PKK terror group, caught them off guard.

Even after Sweden and Finland were officially invited, Ankara insisted it could still block entry into the Western alliance if it felt the Nordic countries were not keeping their promises.


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