NATO Secretary Normal Jens Stoltenberg stated on Wednesday that he was assured NATO member Turkey would approve Sweden and Finland‘s bid to affix the alliance.
Talking at a panel dialogue specializing in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Stoltenberg stated he couldn’t give a date however was positive the accession of the 2 international locations would go forward.
“I can not inform you when, however I’m assured for a number of causes. To begin with, Turkey was one of many NATO allies that on the NATO summit in Madrid in July final 12 months really determined to ask Finland, Sweden to change into a members of the alliance and all NATO allies, additionally, Turkey, a couple of days after signed the accession protocols and to this point, 28 out of NATO’s 30 allies have already ratified,” he stated.
Stoltenberg stated Finland‘s and Sweden’s accession course of was the quickest in NATO’s fashionable historical past.
Sweden and Finland utilized to affix the Western protection alliance in Might 2022, in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However they’ve confronted opposition from Turkey, which has accused them of supporting and harboring Kurdish militants and different teams it deems terrorists.
Stoltenberg has stated Turkey is a key ally for the alliance resulting from its strategic location on the Black Sea between Europe and the Center East and added that the safety issues raised had been reliable.