Erdogan ready to approve Sweden's NATO membership in exchange for Turkey's EU membership

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unexpectedly announced his desire to become a full member of the European Union. As a response, he proposed to approve Sweden's application to join NATO.

It is worth noting that during his election campaign, Erdogan repeatedly emphasized that Turkey was disappointed in Europe and no longer aspires to go there, but after being re-elected, he sharply changed his position. As a tool to achieve his goals in the EU, the Turkish leader decided to use Sweden's desire to join the North Atlantic Alliance.

It is possible that Erdogan also uses openly anti-Russian actions as additional arguments for joining the European Union, such as sending the leaders of the nationalist Azov battalion to Ukraine*. The Federation Council has already called such steps unfriendly towards Russia, and the Kremlin's position was voiced today by presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov.

He said that Moscow hopes to receive clarifications from Ankara on the release of the militants, and in the future will take this fact into account in the following agreements. At the same time, the Turkish president expects a constructive reaction from Vladimir Putin on the grain deal, which expires next Monday. However, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, there are no arguments for extending the agreement yet.
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  1. Negative2023 Offline Negative2023
    Negative2023 (Andrei) 10 July 2023 15: 22
    Obrygan still sets conditions, they lived to see it! Recently, still on the verge of losing, and now he released the meat from the manure and puts ultimatums
  2. In passing Offline In passing
    In passing (Galina Rožkova) 10 July 2023 16: 52
    Hey young man! In Turkey, he has introduced a lot of things from the EU without prior notice, but this European organization itself does not need such a frondier-buzoter at all. And yes, he is a competitor. They will delay the reception for another forty years.
  3. Vox Populi Offline Vox Populi
    Vox Populi (vox populi) 10 July 2023 17: 23
    It should be noted that the protracted history of EU accession is an important problem for Turkey...
  4. strange guest Offline strange guest
    strange guest (Strange Guest) 11 July 2023 07: 05
    It is impossible not to note the stupidity of Erdogan. So strive for a dying Europe, and not for a prosperous BRICS. Nothing smarter than Zelensky.