Turkey will support the membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO

Turkey will support the membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO

The North Atlantic Alliance agreed with Turkey on the admission of Finland and Sweden to its membership. This was reported by the press service of Finnish President Sauli Niiniste.

– Today in Madrid we met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson with the assistance of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. As a result of this meeting, our foreign ministers signed a tripartite memorandum confirming that Turkey will support the invitation of Finland and Sweden to become NATO members at the Madrid summit this week, the ministry said.

As noted in the message, specific steps for Finland and Sweden to join NATO will be agreed by the Allies within the next two days.

– Our joint memorandum underlines the commitment of Finland, Sweden and Turkey to provide full support in case of threats to each other's security. Becoming NATO allies will strengthen this commitment even more, the press service of the Finnish president says.

Before that, Turkey blocked the consideration of applications from Finland and Sweden to join NATO. Ankara believed that the countries did not fulfill their requirements for joining the alliance. Among the demands was a ban on the activities in Stockholm and Helsinki of organizations that Turkey called “terrorist” and the provision of appropriate written obligations.

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