Ratification of the Protocol on Finland’s Accession to NATO

by Roman Cheplyk
Friday, March 31, 2023
Ratification of the Protocol on Finland’s Accession to NATO

On March 30, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey approved Finland's membership in NATO

On May 18, 2022, Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO. 29 states were happy to support the participation of states that will bring many benefits to the Alliance. However, Turkey was against it, arguing its decision by "the fight against terrorists FETO, PKK, YPG."

Almost a year later, on May 30, 2023, the protocol on Finland's accession to NATO was ratified at the Grand National Assembly. According to MP Ahmet Kamil Erozan, Finland has taken "more steps" to join the Alliance, and fight against terrorism and also made a preliminary effort to convince its people and parliament of the need for membership.

For now, the Swedish and Finnish files are separated until a later review of Sweden's efforts. The next session of parliament will take place on 3 April.

"Unfortunately, the Swedish authorities have been slow to take action. This makes us sad. Because we have always expressed our support for the open door policy and NATO enlargement policy... However, Turkey. It is the duty of each of us to ensure the rights and security of Turkey and its citizens, this beloved nation, as well as to guarantee their lives," MP Akif Cagatay Kilic.

Jens Stoltenberg congratulated Sauli Niinisto on this historic moment. The Ministry of foreign affairs of Finland sent a letter of thanks to the parliament for the favourable decision regarding the country's entry into NATO.

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