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Turkey agrees to back Finland and Sweden's bid to join NATO

Turkey, Sweden, and Finland signed a memorandum allowing the Nordic countries to join NATO. This removes a Turkish block from the accession process.

This is after leaders from the three countries spoke at the Madrid NATO summit.

According to Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, “We had a detailed meeting with Recep Tayyip Turkey’s president and Prime Minister of Sweden Magdalena Andersson. Facilitated by Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg.

“As a consequence of that meeting, foreign ministers from Turkey signed a trilateral memorandum that confirms that Turkey will support the invitation to Finland and Sweden to join NATO at the Madrid summit.

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Stoltenberg stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin now has “more NATO on his borders”.

He said: “I am happy to announce that we now possess an agreement that pave the way for Finland to join NATO.”

“Turkey and Finland signed a memorandum to address Turkey’s concerns regarding arms exports, terrorism, and other issues.

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On Wednesday, Finland and Sweden will be invited to join the organization. This will require further steps such as domestic ratification.

When President Erdogan declared that they support Kurdish militants, the Nordic countries’ attempts to join the alliance were thwarted.

The memorandum stated that Finland and Sweden would not support YPG/PYD and the group in Turkey known as FETO.

Image: The leaders from Turkey, NATO and Finland. Pic: NATO

The Nordic countries also confirmed that PKK is a “proscribed terrorist organization”.

According to Finland’s statement, “Our joint memorandum underlines the commitment of Finland and Sweden to support each other against threats to their security.” This commitment will be strengthened further by us becoming NATO allies.

“Turkey has expressed its concern over the threat from terrorism in the last weeks. These concerns have been taken seriously by Finland.

“Finland condemns terrorist acts in all forms. Finland, a NATO member country, will fully support the antiterrorism policies and documents of NATO.

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, traditionally neutral countries applied for NATO membership.

Boris Johnson responded to today’s announcement by saying: “Fantastic news as NATO summit kicks off.”

“Our brilliant alliance will be stronger and more secure with the addition of Sweden and Finland to it.”

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