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Sweden and Finland approached joining NATO on Tuesday. This is because the ambassadors of all 30 Member States have signed the Membership Protocol for the two Nordic states to join the alliance.
"This is a truly historic moment. For Finland, Sweden, NATO, and our shared security," NATO Secretary General Jens Stortenberg said for decades. Mentioned the most important expansion of the alliance in.
The legislatures of each country must approve the bids for Swedenand Finland. This process can take several months.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stortemberg , US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Turkish President Legep Typ Erdogan, front row from left, group photo with other leaders at the NATO Summit on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. To take a picture. (AP Photo / Bernat Armangue)
Canada was the first country to ratify the Protocol, and Justin Trudeau. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for allies to "act swiftly to complete their ratification process to limit opportunities for interference by enemies."
Sweden and Finland applied for membership in May, but Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a member of a group of Kurdish rebels that Turkey considers to be terrorists. Their entry seems to have run into problems when they demanded that they be handed over.
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Last week, the three countries reached a joint agreementthat Sweden and Finland promised to support on Tuesday.
"We fully respect the memorandum. Of course, there is no list in the memorandum, but we need better cooperation when it comes to terrorists." Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde. Said at a press conference.
Turkish, Swedish and Finnish officials Meeting during the NATO Summit held in Madrid, Spain, on June 28, 2022. (REUTERS / Violeta Santos Moura / File Photo)
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Prime Minister Erdogan warned that the Turkish parliament would not approve the accession protocol after theagreement was signed. Unless it fulfills.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February spurred applications for NATO membership in historically neutral Sweden and Finland. If approved, the border between Russia and NATO countries will more than double.
Assocaited Press contributed to this report.
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