Europe News Desk!!! Sweden’s lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly in favor of the country joining NATO. Wednesday’s vote was 269 in favor and 37 against, Xinhua news agency reported. Forty-three MPs were absent and two of the eight parties represented in the country’s parliament (Riksdag) – the Left and the Green Party – voted against the motion. Voted against. Hungary and Turkey remain roadblocks to the inclusion of Sweden and Finland in NATO’s 30 members. Also on Wednesday, the Left Party and the Green Party voted to outlaw nuclear weapons in Sweden in both peace and war. The motion was defeated. Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO in 2022, but Turkey objected on the grounds that both countries harbor members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Turkey considers a terrorist group. In NATO A country can join only if all the members of this alliance are unanimous. On 17 March, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to Finland’s NATO membership bid but deferred Sweden’s bid.
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