BRUSSELS – Finland and Sweden will join NATO in the autumn when they have met all of Ankara’s requirements. However, their accession protocol has not yet been ratified by Hungary and Turkey, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference on Wednesday after meeting NATO defense ministers.
“Both Sweden and Finland have now fulfilled their commitments in the joint trilateral memorandum they signed with Turkey in July (during the NATO summit in Madrid 2022 – TASS). So I urged Turkey to ratify both Finland and Sweden together already last fall.” he said.
“That is my position. That is what has not changed,” he said, adding that Sweden and Finland would soon become members of NATO.
“Twenty-eight allies have already ratified both protocols, and then Hungary and Turkey have not. And it is up to Turkey to decide whether they ratify both, and I recommended it, or whether they ratify one of the two documents,” Stoltenberg said.
“In fact, I will also be traveling to Turkey tomorrow, and that will be one of the issues I will definitely address,” he added. (Anatolia)