Will Turkey stop Sweden and Finland from joining NATO?

Brussels

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the military alliance is ready to seize a historic moment and move quickly to allow Finland and Sweden to join its ranks, after the two countries submitted their applications for membership. .

The official requests, delivered by the Finnish and Swedish ambassadors to NATO, started a security clock. Russia, whose war against Ukraine prompted them to join the military organization, has warned that it would not welcome such a move and could fight back.

“I warmly welcome the applications from Finland and Sweden to join NATO. You are our closest partners,” Stoltenberg said. “All allies agree on the importance of NATO enlargement. We all agree that we must stand together and we all agree that this is a historic moment that we must seize.”

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