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Finland, Sweden applied for NATO membership, Russia’s threat wasted

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BRUSSELS: Finland and Sweden have officially applied to join NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday.

The two countries have taken this step to join the largest military alliance amid heightened concerns over Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

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“I welcome the request of Finland and Sweden to join NATO,” Stoltenberg told reporters after receiving applications from the ambassadors of the two Nordic countries. You are our closest partner.

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Now these applications need to be approved by at least 30 member countries. The entire process could take up to two weeks, although Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has objected to Finland and Sweden joining NATO.

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If the objections are resolved and talks go ahead, the two countries will join NATO within a few months. This whole process usually takes eight to 12 months, but NATO wants to complete it quickly. Significantly, after Russia’s attack on Ukraine on 24 February, there has been a general consensus on Sweden and Finland joining NATO.

Turkish President furious over Finland-Sweden

Turkey, meanwhile, insisted that it would not allow Kurdish militants from the two Nordic countries to join NATO because of their alleged support.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoan objected to Sweden and Finland’s request to join NATO, accusing the two countries of not taking a “clear” stand on Kurdish militants and other groups that Turkey considers terrorists.

Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto said during a visit to Sweden’s capital Stockholm, “Turkey’s statements are changing very rapidly and have become a bit strict in the past. But I am confident that we will find a solution to the situation through positive dialogue.’ Finland’s Parliament has strongly supported the country’s government’s proposal to join NATO. On Tuesday, 188 members voted for membership of the 30-member Western military organization as against 8 in the 200-member house.

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