Finland and Sweden are approaching NATO membership

30 member have signed the accession protocols for the two Nordic countries

Both Finland and have taken a step closer to becoming full members of after the ambassadors from all 30 member countries of the US-led bloc on Tuesday signed accession protocols for the two Nordic countries.

The accession ceremony was held at the Alliance’s headquarters in , Belgium, where NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Finnish Pekka Haavisto and his Swedish counterpart .

After signature, the minutes should be ratified by the parliaments of all the Member States.

Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO earlier this year after both decided to break with their long-standing tradition of neutrality to join the organization, claiming it was necessary because of the Russian operation in Ukraine.

While most bloc members immediately welcomed the two Nordic countries to the alliance, their bid was put on hold by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who accused Sweden and Finland of being refugees for Kurdish militants and promoting “terrorism.”

warned that it could torpedo the countries’ tenders to join the bloc if they do not condemn and extradite members of “terrorist” organizations and lifted arms embargoes against .

Last week, Turkey closed its objection after the two Nordic countries signed a 10-point agreement under which they promised to respond to extradition requests, remove export controls and end support for the groups that Ankara considers terrorists.

However, Erdogan has warned that he could block the process again if Ankara’s requirements are not met.


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