“Today is a good day, at a critical time for our security, thank you for submitting Finland and Sweden’s candidatures for NATO membership.” With these words he has received the NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenbergthe application for membership of the two Nordic countries from the hands of their respective accredited ambassadors, Klaus Korhonen and Axel Wenhoff. A step that the leader of the Atlantic Alliance has described as “historical” and that ends traditional military neutrality from both countries.
The decision responds to the new reality caused by the Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine that for 84 days has shaken the security foundations of the European continent. “Each nation has the right to choose its own path. Both have made their choice, after thorough democratic processes. I warmly welcome the applications of Finland and Sweden to join NATO. You are our closest partners and your accession will enhance our common security.” , has highlighted Stoltenberg during a brief appearance at the Alliance headquarters.
The Turkey Obstacle
The Norwegian politician recalled that the step taken by both countries is “historic” and that the allied countries will now consider the next steps on the road to NATO. “The security interests of all allies must be taken into account,” Stoltenberg explained, referring to the reservations expressed by Turkey, whose president, Tayyip Erdoganhas threatened to block membership because of the policy of both countries towards Turkish militants and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party whom Ankara considers a terrorist organization. Despite this obstacle, Stoltenberg he has promised that NATO will work to solve all problems and come to quick conclusions.
The Norwegian leader has also said that in recent days numerous declarations have been seen by the allies committing themselves to the security of Finland Y Sweden. “NATO is already vigilant in the Baltic Sea region and NATO and allied forces will continue to adapt as needed. All allies agree on the importance of NATO enlargement. We all agree that We must stay together,” he added.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.