Turkey tells NATO that Sweden won’t join at next NATO meeting

Hungary has not endorsed Sweden’s entry either

Ratification of Sweden’s Membership will not be completed in time for this most recent meeting (taking place over the next two days)

Turkey has informed NATO that ratification of Sweden’s membership bid will not be completed in time to allow the country’s accession ceremony at a meeting of alliance foreign ministers next week, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.

Last week, the Turkish parliament’s Foreign Affairs committee delayed a vote on Sweden’s NATO membership bid in order to hold further talks on the subject.

The committee will likely resume its debate on the matter on Tuesday or Wednesday, one of the sources said. NATO foreign ministers will meet in Brussels on those days, Nov. 28-29, a gathering that some in the Western defense bloc had hoped would mark Sweden’s accession.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry was not immediately available for comment.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan raised objections at the time to both requests over what he said was the Nordic nations’ protection of those who Turkey deems terrorists as well as their defense trade embargoes. Turkey endorsed Finland’s bid in April, but has kept Sweden waiting.

Turkey has demanded that Sweden take more steps to rein in local members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist group by Turkey and much of the international community.

While NATO member Hungary also has not ratified Sweden’s membership, Turkey is seen as the main roadblock to Sweden’s accession.

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