Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson answered journalists’ questions on his arrival at Litexpo in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, where the NATO Summit was held.
“We took very important decision-making steps yesterday regarding Sweden’s NATO membership.” Kristersson said that they had very good meetings with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Kristersson’s emphasis on “economic cooperation, Customs Union and visa”
Kristersson stated that after nearly 200 years of non-alignment in his country, he now wants to be under common protection and said:
“We want all NATO members to know that Sweden will also provide security to the Alliance. We are here for the long term. We are committed to the fight against terrorism, the fight against organized crime. Sweden has a lot to contribute to the Alliance. I am very pleased with the result achieved yesterday. We now look forward to the completion of the approvals.”
Stressing that his country favors close ties between the EU and Turkey, Kristersson said, “We now support the development of economic ties, the updating of the Customs Union, better visa regulations. This will create a fertile ground for closer cooperation.” used the phrase.