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Sweden sends delegation to Ankara to discuss NATO membership

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Stockholm (The Times Groupe)- The Swedish government announced Sunday that it sends a delegation of diplomats to Turkey to discuss Sweden’s desire to join NATO.

The Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde confirmed that the delegation would visit Turkey and said it would soon be sent to Ankara to evaluate the ruling Social Democratic Party’s decision to join NATO.

Regarding Russia’s response to Sweden’s NATO membership application, Linde claims that it “violated our confluence zone” and made disinformation campaigns that Swedish people are Nazis.

“There will be an increase in cyberattacks,” she said, adding that there will be a move on the border.

The Social Democratic Party administration applied for NATO membership on Saturday. Sweden’s NATO membership application is considered definitive following this decision and the support of right-wing parties in parliament.

Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, who met with Linde at an informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin over the weekend, said Sweden and Finland openly support the PKK/YPG terrorist organization.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said earlier that this would be the best decision for Sweden’s security.

Sweden and Finland are expected to formally apply for membership by Wednesday at the latest, following Monday’s discussion in parliament.

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