In July 2023, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) agreed to Sweden's membership in NATO and met Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (right) in Vilnius, Lithuania.
The Turkish leader has since linked the issue to the US Congress' approval of Turkey's request to buy 40 F-16 fighter jets and kits to modernize its existing fleet of fighters.
Turkey has been delaying the ratification of Sweden's accession for more than a year. Ankara accuses the Scandinavian country of not taking Turkey's security concerns seriously enough, including its fight against Kurdish militants and other groups that Ankara views as threats to its security. p>
These delays frustrated other NATO allies, who were quick to accept Sweden and Finland in within the Atlantic Alliance after these two neighboring countries abandoned their long-standing military neutrality following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Hungary said it would not be the last to approve Sweden's membership, although the ruling Fidesz party, which holds the constitutional majority in Parliament, has so far refused to vote on this issue.