Turkish lawmakers are expected to vote on Sweden's accession to NATO before Jan. 28, Bloomberg reported on Jan. 22, citing a senior government official.
The ruling party of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and its nationalist ally are lobbying to secure parliamentary support for the ratification of Sweden’s NATO membership, the source said.
Turkey's backing for Sweden's bid is regarded as part of a "complex web of geopolitical moves." In a deal with the United States, Ankara hopes to acquire 40 new F-16 fighter jets and 79 kits to upgrade its existing fleet of combat aircraft.
However, the White House has made Sweden’s accession to NATO a prerequisite for the sale of aircraft to Turkey.
In May 2022, Sweden and Finland applied for NATO membership after Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Turkey and Hungary are the only NATO members yet to ratify Sweden’s application. Turkey has set conditions related to Kurdish community activities within its borders, including the extradition of 120 individuals it labels as terrorists.
Washington administration is pushing both Turkey and Hungary to ratify Sweden's accession swiftly.
Turkey intends to purchase $20 billion worth of F-16 fighters from the United States.
On October 23, President Erdogan signed the protocol on Sweden's accession to NATO, moving Turkey closer to ratification. Hungary must also approve the same protocol.
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