Turkey, with its decision to ratify the protocol on Sweden’s accession to NATO, is missing a historic opportunity to act in the interests of all humanity, and not a separate bloc, said Vice-Speaker of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev in his Telegram channel. According to him, Ankara’s position is regrettable.
It remains to be regretted about Turkey’s upcoming (alas!) final decision on Sweden’s membership in NATO. The historic chance for Turkey to act in the interests of all humanity, and not just a single bloc, will also be missed,” the senator wrote.
Kosachev suggested that the issue of ratifying the agreement had already been resolved. He noted that Turkey perceived it as a matter of receiving certain benefits from NATO. The decision by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggests that Ankara “got everything they wanted,” the senator added.
According to Kosachev, neither NATO, nor Sweden, nor any other country in the bloc have reached a consensus on hosting Stockholm. He recalled that the Swedish authorities did not hold a referendum on the country’s entry into the alliance.
In NATO, let’s be careful, the range of opinions is also far from consensus, and Hungary has not yet made up its mind. But the main thing is the attitude towards NATO expansion on the part of the international community,” the politician noted.
The senator expressed regret that Sweden has lost its neutral status and is now “acting as a gravedigger of its previously high reputation.” In his opinion, the country’s authorities gave up the dreams of their predecessors about disarmament and security.
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö earlier welcomed the decision of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, which approved the bill ratifying Sweden’s accession to NATO. In his opinion, this step will increase security in the Baltic Sea region.