NATO “expects” the accession of Sweden and Finland in 2023, without being able to guarantee it

Sweden and Finland could join NATO as early as 2023, the NATO Secretary General said on Sunday January 8. “I will not guarantee the exact date, because it is of course a sovereign decision of the Turkish Parliament and the Hungarian Parliament, [qui] have not yet ratified the agreement”, Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with AFP. Indeed, Hungary and especially Turkey have been blocking the entry of the two Nordic countries into NATO since May.

“We had negotiations, and they were quite demanding, in July last year, when Turkey, Finland and Sweden agreed on a joint memorandum in which they described how they could intensify their collaboration, at both with regard to arms exports, but also, for example, in the fight against terrorism”recalled Jens Stoltenberg. “Finland and Sweden have respected this agreement and are clearly committed to long-term cooperation with Turkey on these issues. Therefore, the time has come to finalize the accession process and ratify the protocol of membership”did he declare.

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The Secretary General of NATO noted the speed of the accession process of the two countries. “Of course, I would like it to be finalized as soon as possible. But at the same time, it is a fast process compared to all NATO accession processes”he pointed out.

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