NATO Chief: Membership for Finland, Sweden ‘Top Priority’

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NATO secretary-general says; According to the NATO chief, the membership of Finland. Sweden is a “priority” for the military alliance, and he urges the member states Turkey and Hungary. Which have not yet ratified the membership of the Nordic countries, to consider the urgent NATO membership of Finland and Sweden a “priority”. NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg announced on Tuesday. Urged the member states of Turkey and Hungary to accept the membership of the Nordic countries as soon as possible.

Stoltenberg said;

Stoltenberg said at the Helsinki press conference with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin. That progress made to ensure the membership of the two countries, but did not reveal details. “I am confident that Finland and Sweden will join NATO,” he added. My message has been for a long time… that the time has come to end the validation process. Now is the time for ratification in both Budapest and Ankara,” Stoltenberg said.

NATO secretary-general says; NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin meet the press before SAMAK’s annual meeting in Helsinki, Finland, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. SAMAK is the Cooperation Committee of the Nordic Social Democratic parties and trade union LOs. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)

Stoltenberg reiterated that both Finland and Sweden fully met NATO’s membership requirements and “did what they should have” after joining the alliance in May.

Marin hinted that slowing down the accession process of the two countries could undermine the credibility of NATO. The policy of open doors for new members. Turkey and Hungary are the only countries in the 30-member military alliance. That have not officially accepted the membership of Sweden and Finland.

Stoltenberg, who is expect to leave his post after eight years in October. Said Turkey had agreed to begin membership application talks with Finland. Sweden in Brussels early next month to overcome Ankara’s obstacles and problems, particularly with Sweden. .

He said that the Hungarian parliament “made it clear” that it would consider ratification within a few days. Express the hope that a positive vote would be reach soon.

NATO secretary-general says; Finland’s 200-member parliament passes the law allowing the country to join NATO.

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