Sweden names condition for lifting arms embargo on Turkey

Sweden can lift the arms embargo on Turkey if Turkey withdraws its objections to its membership in NATO, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde said, Turkish website Ahval reported.

"Sweden is a country with the strictest arms export rules in the world, but some things related to foreign, security and defense policy may change should it become a NATO member," Linde said.

It is noted that Turkey has called on Sweden and Finland to lift their arms embargoes as a condition of their membership in NATO and to stop supporting terrorists in Syria.

According to Linde, Sweden does not send weapons to groups that Turkey considers terrorist organizations. She said Sweden would contribute to the full security of NATO, including Turkey, if it became a member of the alliance.