Turkey also agrees… Finland has crossed the final hurdle to join NATO

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö (left) shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his visit to Ankara on the 17th (local time). /reuters news1

As the Turkish Parliament confirmed Finland’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on the 30th (local time), Finland has more or less passed the final hurdle to accession.

According to Reuters, etc., the Turkish parliament unanimously approved the confirmation of Finland to join NATO with 276 members. In addition to Hungary, which had recently confirmed the acceptance of Finland, Turkey was also approved, obtaining the consent of all current NATO member countries.

“I want to stress to Finland that it is fulfilling its promise to tackle terrorist groups and free defense exports,” Akif Chaathai Klci, a member of Turkey’s ruling party, said before the vote. I can tell you,” he said. He said.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the confirmation and tweeted that it would “make the entire NATO family stronger and more secure.”

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö tweeted, “Thank you for (Turkey’s) trust and support,” and “we will be strong and capable allies.”

AFP news agency predicted that Finland could finally join NATO as early as next week. After recently confirming Hungary and Turkey sending documents to the US government, Stoltenberg officially invites Finland to become a member of NATO. Afterwards, the Finnish foreign minister signs the NATO membership document and sends it to the US government, which completes the membership process.

Meanwhile, Sweden, which applied for NATO membership at the same time as Finland, is in a situation where it has not received permission from Hungary and Turkey. In particular, Turkey is suspending the agreement, saying it is not keeping its promise to carry out recruits linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Sweden defines as a terrorist organization and the biggest security threat. to Sweden.

In this regard, the US State Department and Stoltenberg urged Turkiye to agree quickly. “Finland stands with Sweden now and in the future and supports its application,” said the Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, shortly after the Turkiye Parliament completed the ratification of NATO’s acceptance of the country.

Some speculate that Finland could delay the final signing of the accession documents and wait for Sweden to get the consent of all member states before joining at the same time.


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