Turkey agrees to Sweden and Finland joining NATO

Finland, Sweden and Turkey are “obligated to give each other full support against threats to each other’s security.”

Sweden and Finland will join NATO / photo REUTERS
Sweden and Finland will join NATO / photo REUTERS

Following the talks in Madrid, Turkey agreed to unblock the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO.

This was announced by the President of Finland Saule Niiniste.

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Today in Madrid, before the start of the NATO summit, a substantive meeting was held with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, with the support of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

“The Foreign Ministers signed a Memorandum of Understanding between our countries, which confirms Turkey’s support for the invitation of Finland and Sweden to join NATO at the Madrid summit this week. Concrete steps for our accession to NATO will be agreed between NATO allies over the next two days, but now this decision is inevitable,” the message says.

The memorandum emphasizes that Finland, Sweden and Turkey “are obliged to provide each other with full support against threats to each other’s security.

“I am glad that this stage on Finland’s path to NATO membership has been completed. Now I look forward to fruitful discussions about Finland’s role in NATO with our future allies here in Madrid,” Niinistjo said.

Earlier it was reported that Finland and Sweden  applied  to join NATO on May 18. The ambassadors of the Alliance met to begin negotiations on the accession of the Scandinavian countries to the military-political bloc. However, Turkey  blocked the process .

She demands to lift sanctions on the supply of weapons from Turkey and stop supporting the representatives of the PKK and the Fethullah Gülen Movement.

In addition, Turkey sent ten extradition requests to Finland. Finland satisfied Turkey’s requests  only partially.

(C)UNIAN 2022

4 comments

  1. Another strategic defeat for the Kremlin terrorist. I’m quite sure he’s in the middle of a full scale tantrum at the moment, now that NATO have given him the middle finger. Although it’s good news, it’s still annoying that Ukraine was overlooked before these two countries. What difference is there between Finland and Ukraine? Both share a long border with the terrorist state.

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