“Today is a good day at a critical time for our safety,” says Jens Stoltenberg
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The ambassadors of Sweden and Finland to NATO submitted their applications to join the alliance this Wednesday at the transatlantic organization’s headquarters in Brussels, where they met with the concerned Secretary General, Jens Stoltenbergwho considered them “a historic step”.
Live broadcast event on NATO website early today After the acceptance of joining the coalition by the Finnish Parliament and that the Swedish government informed it of its decision to apply for membership in that organization.
Finnish diplomat, klaus korhonenand Swedish, Axel Wernhoff, Stoltenberg submitted requests from his countries to join NATO, and then the Allied Secretary-General described the decision made by Stockholm and Helsinki this Wednesday as a “historic step.”
“The requests made today are a historic step”Stoltenberg assured. He said today is “a good day at a critical time for our security” and thanked both countries for submitting their admission applications.
“Every nation has the right to choose its own path. Both of you have made the choice after rigorous democratic procedures and I warmly welcome applications Finland and Sweden to join NATO”, he explained in a short and simple act.
underline that Helsinki and Stockholm are the alliance’s “closest partners”. And added that the two’s entry into the transatlantic organization would “enhance our shared security.”
“Allies will now consider the next steps on your path to NATO. The security interests of all allies must be taken into account and We are committed to solving all problems And to jump to quick conclusions,” he explained.
Turkey, a NATO member, has expressed its opposition to Sweden and Finland’s entry into the alliance because it believes both countries maintain a policy of welcoming Kurdish militants.
The admission of new members to the coalition is a unanimous decision by the countries of the transatlantic organization, so that Ankara approval is needed.
Stoltenberg recalled that NATO members have announced in recent days that they have committed themselves to safeguarding the security of Finland and Sweden.
“NATO is already on alert in the Baltic Sea region and NATO and allied forces will continue to adapt as needed. All allies agree on importance of NATO expansion, We all agree that we should stick together,” Stoltenberg said.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has prompted Finland and Sweden to apply for NATO membership, despite their traditions as neutral countries.
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