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Friday, March 17, 2023

Turkey has dropped its opposition to Finland joining Nato, paving the way for the military alliance to expand its direct border with Russia but leaving neighbour Sweden still struggling to gain approval for its bid.




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Turkey's Erdogan paves way to ratify Finland NATO accession

...Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will support Finland's bid to join NATO and ask parliament to vote on ratifying its accession, which should prove a formality.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey would start the process of ratifying Finland's NATO membership bid in parliament, saying that the country had taken "sincere and concrete steps" to allay Turkey's concerns about Finland hosting Kurds and other opposition forces who fled Turkey.

The breakthrough came as Finnish President Sauli Niinisto was in Ankara to meet with Erdogan and 10 months after both Finland and Sweden applied to become NATO members in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, having remained neutral throughout the Cold War.

"We have decided to start the protocol of Finland's accession to NATO in our parliament," Erdogan said following talks with his visiting Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that he welcomed the decision "to move ahead with the ratification of Finland's membership in NATO," addng, "This will strengthen Finland's security, it will strengthen Sweden's security."

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-03-18 11:10 AM | Reply

Also from the article cited in #1...

...Meanwhile, Mate Kocsis, the leader of the ruling Fidesz party's parliamentary group, said that Hungary's legislature will vote on the ratification of Finland's NATO accession on March 27 and the majority ruling party bloc will unanimously support the bid....

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-03-18 11:11 AM | Reply

Guess the Swedes will have to deliver a bigger swag bag to the sultan.

#3 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2023-03-18 11:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


Yeah, the article in #1 seems to indicate that the discussions between Sweden and Turkey are ongoing.

imo, though, having Finland's request to join NATO approved would be very good for NATO's defense posture.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-03-18 11:23 AM | Reply

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