NATO summit starts with deal for Sweden’s accession
Karin Silvina Hiebaum – International Press
Shortly before the start of the NATO summit in Lithuania, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan abandoned his blockade of Sweden’s accession. Erdogan and the Swedish head of government Ulf Kristersson had agreed on a series of steps at a meeting on the basis of which Erdogan will submit the accession protocol to the Turkish parliament for decision, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday evening in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius.
The vote in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey is considered a formality. Erdogan’s Islamic-conservative AKP has a comfortable majority in alliance with the ultranationalists in parliament.