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Finland in NATO from April 4 – Jens Stoltenberg

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Finland will officially become a member of NATO on Tuesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday.

Stoltenberg said the move would make it Finland it will be safer, and consequently also Sweden.

Parliament last Thursday Turkey ratified Finland’s application to join NATO. It was the last Alliance country to agree to admit Finland to NATO. Türkiye, like Hungary, has still not ratified Sweden’s application.

Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO last May in response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine. The accession of new countries to NATO requires the consent of all 30 allies. The Turkish authorities declared that the accession of both countries would be possible after meeting a number of conditions, mainly related to the policy of Stockholm and Helsinki towards Kurdish organizations considered by Ankara as terrorists.

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President of Turkey in March Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced its consent to the entry of Finland only, without Sweden, which – according to him – did not fulfill its obligations under the tripartite declaration of the NATO summit in Madrid in mid-2022 on countering terrorism and did not hand over to Turkey members of Kurdish organizations considered as terrorists.

Main photo source: Puolustusvoimat / The Finnish Defense Forces



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