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Sweden is ready to “change” its anti-terrorism laws to accommodate complaints from Turkey, the lone nation blocking Sweden’s entry into NATO.
Turkey objected to the addition of each Sweden and Finland to NATO final month, arguing the 2 international locations’ assist for Kurdish rebels within the Center East constitutes assist for terrorist organizations.
NATO Secretary-Basic Jens Stoltenberg confirmed Tuesday that Sweden “already started to change its counter-terrorism legislation,” and “will ensure that the legal framework for arms exports will reflect their future status as a NATO member with new commitments to allies.”
“These are two important steps to address the concerns that Turkey has raised,” Stoltenberg added. “The aim is to solve those issues as soon as possible, to be able to welcome Finland and Sweden as full members as soon as possible.”
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Sweden and Finland formally utilized to hitch NATO in Could, a direct response to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Each international locations have historically remained impartial in European conflicts.
Whereas Russia had beforehand warned towards increasing NATO, Russian International Minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed the event in a press release final month.
“Finland and Sweden, as well as other neutral countries, have been participating in NATO military exercises for many years,” Lavrov mentioned on the time.
“NATO takes their territory into account when planning military advances to the East. So in this sense there is probably not much difference. Let’s see how their territory is used in practice in the North Atlantic alliance,” he added.