At a meeting in Oslo, NATO foreign ministers intensified Putting pressure on Türkiye and Hungary to ratify Sweden’s accession to the alliancebut They have not yet taken a position on Ukraine’s potential membership.
The German foreign minister emphasized that the Allies had “given their word” to Sweden that it would join and that promise must be kept Annalina Burbock. I hope it is “game over soon” and Sweden enters before the NATO summit in Vilnius on July 11-12, the Luxembourg colleague added. Jean Asselborn. Swedish minister Tobias BellstromHe, who was present as a guest, confirmed that his country had fulfilled all Turkish requests. “It is time for Turkey and Hungary to start ratifying Sweden’s accession,” he said, emphasizing the support he has received from several NATO members.
“I spoke at the beginning of the week” with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was re-elected last Sunday, and “I will also go to Ankara in the near future to continue talking about how we can ensure Sweden’s accession as soon as possible,” reassured the NATO Secretary General. Jens Stoltenberg. But not everyone is optimistic. Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky said he feared Sweden would fail to join before the Vilnius summit, becoming the 32nd member of the coalition after Finland joined in April.
However, on the possible entry into Ukraine in the future, there is no common position. The Lithuanian foreign minister said, the allies “should give very specific answers about how Ukraine can draw closer to NATO and one day become a member of the alliance”. Gabrielius Landsbergis. “We need a strong message that there will be no more gray areas” in areas that Russia considers to be under its influence, the Estonian colleague echoed. Margos Tzahna.
NATO’s open-door policy is still in place, but at the same time it’s clear that We cannot discuss new members joining in the midst of warGerman Berbock indicated that “NATO has never recognized, over the 75 years of its existence, any country during its war.”
Stoltenberg stressed that the alliance is now focused on helping Ukraine defend itself from Russia, but once the conflict ends, NATO will have to provide security guarantees to Ukraine so that “history does not repeat itself.”
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