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Hungary and Turkey proceed to provide you with new proposals that threaten to delay Sweden’s NATO membership.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke negatively once more final weekend about Sweden’s NATO utility. His criticism was that Sweden just isn’t fulfilling its commitments within the settlement reached earlier this yr.
Amongst different issues, he stated: ‘They flip a blind eye to terrorist actions on the streets of Stockholm. And naturally that can not be tolerated’.
In line with SR Ekot, a high-ranking Hungarian authorities official advised Radio Free Europe that the administration in Budapest anticipated both Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson or Overseas Minister Tobias Billström to go to Hungary for talks earlier than a vote on Sweden’s NATO utility takes place.
The PM appeared assured
Nevertheless, Ulf Kristersson was taking it simple on the brand new overtures from the 2 international locations which have stood in the way in which of Swedish membership up to now.
‘We made an settlement concerning NATO membership in Vilnius and I really feel very assured that that settlement applies’, he advised SVT when interviewed in New York on Monday, September 18.
He was within the US metropolis with a number of different Swedish ministers to take part within the opening of the UN Common Meeting. Kristersson stated he hoped that he would have the chance to talk personally with Erdogan. ‘We sit shut to one another within the corridor. However this morning he wasn’t there after I was there’, he identified.
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Clips from UR unfold in Hungary
This newest Hungarian growth comes after an outdated video clip from the UR-Sweden Programme for Analysis, Larger Training and Institutional Development – which helps the College of Rwanda – was broadly circulated within the nation final week. Democracy in Hungary was known as into query within the clip.
In a letter of protest to Billström, the Hungarian authorities warned that it might have penalties for Sweden’s entry into the alliance.
‘I suppose you perceive the contradiction in that you simply name on our parliamentarians to ratify your entry into NATO, whereas on the identical time you proceed to accuse them of dismantling Hungarian democracy’, Overseas Minister Péter Szijjártó wrote.
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