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Sweden says awaiting NATO ratification by Turkey: report

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Sweden is ready to join NATO and is waiting for Turkey to start the process to ratify the application, Reuters reported, citing Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom on Thursday.

Sweden applied last year to join the defense alliance, but Turkey and Hungary have yet to approve the bid.

“We are completely ready, and we are waiting for the ratification process to start in Ankara,” Billstrom told a news conference in Riga after a meeting of Nordic and Baltic foreign ministers.

Stockholm hopes Turkey will ratify the membership when the Turkish parliament reconvenes in October, as agreed with President Tayyip Erdoğan at a summit of the alliance in July.

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