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Canada ratifies NATO bids by Sweden and Finland as Russia continues to assault

Canada became the first country to ratifySwedenandFinland's request to joinNATO. Closer to full membership.

The Prime Minister's Office states thatJustin Trudeaumet with Finnish President Saulininist and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson at the NATO summit last week.

In a statement, Trudeau states that Canada supports the Alliance's open-door policy for European countries in a position to "advance membership commitments and obligations."

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The ambassadors of Finland and Sweden submitted an official application to NATO on May 18, the Federal Cabinet of Canada issued an order in parliament on May 26, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of both countries. Approved to ratify the accession protocol of. ..

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The House of Commons also unanimously voted to support the member's bid this spring.

All 30 NATO allies approved the Swedish and Finnish accession protocols on Tuesday and sent member bids to the allies for legislative approval.

Canada deliberately issued the Order in Council on May 26 to expedite the ratification process and complete it within hours instead of the usual month.

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The move invaded neighboring Ukraine in February, further strengthening Russia's strategic isolation, and has been in a military struggle ever since.

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"This is a truly historic moment for Finland, Sweden and NATO," said Alliance Secretary-General Jason Stoltenberg. Stoltenberg said. ..

Thirty ambassadors and permanent representatives NATO last week when the alliance made a historic decision to invite Russia's neighbor Finland and Scandinavian partner Sweden to a military club. Formally approved the summit decision.

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Despite the agreement in the alliance, parliamentary approval in member states Turkey can cause problems for final participation as a member state. There is sex.

Last week, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan fully responded to Turkey's request for both countries to hand over suspected terrorists with a link to an illegal Kurdish group or a network of exiled priests. In a failed 2016 coup in Turkey, Ankara warned that the process could still be blocked if it couldn't respond.

He said the Turkish parliament could refuse to ratify the agreement. This is a powerful threat, as NATO accession must be formally approved by all 30 member states, and each is given deterrence.

Stoltenberg said he did not expect any change in his mind. And we did what we always do at NATO. I found something in common.

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All allies have various legislative challenges and procedures to deal with, and it may take several more months for the two to become official members.

"We are looking forward to the rapid ratification process," said Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto.

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Russia's invasion of Ukraine made the process even more urgent. It will involve both countries in the Western military alliance and further influence NATO, especially in the face of Moscow's military threat.

"As we face the biggest security crisis in decades, we get stronger and people get safer," Stoltenberg said.

Tuesday's approval has already pulled both countries deep into NATO.

As an intimate partner, they have already attended several meetings, including issues that immediately affect them.

As official invitees, they can attend all meetings of the ambassador, even if they do not yet have voting rights.

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