Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday tempered expectations that his expression of support this week for Sweden joining NATO means he will quickly push approval through the Turkish parliament.

In his first public comments on the issue after NATO announced its support for the proposal on Monday, Mr Erdogan said the final decision was up to parliament and that Sweden needed to take more steps to win parliamentary support, without giving details. He also said that the parliament will not deal with the matter until October, even though it is in session until July 27.

Mr Erdogan’s remarks, suggesting that Sweden’s accession may not be a done deal, must have disappointed many of his NATO allies, who had hoped that Mr Erdogan’s use of the issue to win concessions for Turkey while last year finally came to. end Mr Erdogan also said Sweden needed to continue working to address Turkey’s security concerns, suggesting he was not yet ready to give up his leverage.

“Parliament is not in session for the next two months,” Mr. Erdogan told reporters in Vilnius, Lithuania, near the end of the annual NATO summit. “But our goal is to end this matter as quickly as possible.”

Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO after the Russian invasion of Ukraine last year. Turkey initially opposed allowing both countries to join, accusing them of harboring dissidents that Turkey considers terrorists.

Mr Erdogan eventually dropped his opposition to Finland’s accession, and it joined the alliance in April. But Turkey’s grievances against Sweden were much greater. Turkish officials have accused Sweden of giving free reign to supporters of a Kurdish terrorist organization and to members of a religious group Turkey has accused of plotting a failed coup against Mr Erdogan in 2016.

To appease Turkey, Sweden changed its constitution, toughened its anti-terrorism laws, lifted an embargo on arms exports to Turkey and agreed to extradite a small number of people Turkey had requested.

But Swedish courts have blocked other extraditions, and Swedish officials have said they cannot override their country’s freedom of expression laws to block public protests that have included burning the Koran. The protests angered Turkey.

Then, on Monday, NATO announced that Turkey had dropped its objection to Sweden joining the alliance as part of a new deal intended to let the alliance’s leaders project a stronger sense of unity against President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

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