Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday added European Union membership o the list of demands he wants fulfilled in exchange for finally backing Stockholm's accession to NATO.
Sweden's Supreme Court on Wednesday approved the extradition of a supporter of the Kurdish Workers Party, (PKK) to Turkey. The decision clears the way for the government in Stockholm to meet Turkey's demand that it hand over several individuals it considers terrorists as a prerequisite for approval of Sweden's request to become a member of NATO military alliance.
After Turkey unblocked the NATO accession process for Sweden and Finland, now fears have arisen that the two Nordic states could have conceded too much to Ankara over deportations.
NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg has said that Sweden and Finland's applications to join the alliance will be fast-tracked. Explaining the decision behind her country's intention to become a member, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said abandoning decades of political neutrality was a direct result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Finland Sunday confirmed it would apply for membership to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), thus changing the geopolitical scenario in Europe less than three months after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday voiced his opposition to admitting Finland and Sweden into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday signed defense deals with Sweden and Finland committing UK aid, including military support, in the event of an attack. Johnson made the pledge during a brief tour to the two Nordic nations, where he met first Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson at her official countryside residence; then Finnish President Sauli Niinistö in Helsinki.
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (2008-2012) said Thursday that his country could not sit down and watch if Finland and Sweden were to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and hinted a nuclear-free Baltic region would no longer be possible
Sweden's port authority Sunday released a press statement reporting that the Liberian-flagged bulk carrier Almirante Storni (named like current and former Argentine Navy units) had reached Gothenburg and cargo unloading was proceeding according to plan after the ship caught fire a week ago, thus prompting a rescue operation.
Protesters threw stones at police and burned tires in southern Sweden late on Friday, authorities said, hours after an anti-Muslim Danish politician was blocked from attending a Quran-burning rally nearby.