Turkish parliament ratifies Finland´s NATO membership

Turkish parliament ratifies Finland´s NATO membership
Turkish parliament ratifies Finland´s NATO membership Image: Vitalii-Vodolazskyi Shutterstock.com

Finland´s bid to join the NATO alliance was ratified by the Turkish parliament after a long delay  

A session to vote for Finland´s bid to join NATO was opened in the Turkish parliament as 276 lawmakers unanimously voted in favour of the long-delayed accession of the Finns into the Western military alliance.  

This decision was taken by Turkey just a few days after the Hungarian parliament also ratified Finland’s accession in the NATO alliance.  

According to Euronews Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also announced that he endorsed their bid and will be moving forwards with the process soon.  

Both Finland and Sweden had taken the decision to join the alliance after the invasion of Ukraine, abandoning a policy of non alignment which lasted for decades.  

Approvals had to be given by all NATO member states before Finland could join the alliance, and Turkey along with Hungary were the only two countries who still had to ratify its accession.  

After the announcement by the Turkish parliament, the Finland’s president Sauli Niinistö took to twitter and said, “All 30 NATO members have now ratified Finland´s membership”.  

He added, “I want to thank every one of them for their trust and support. Finland will be a strong and capable ally, committed to the security of the alliance”.  

 Niinistö also said. “Finland’s is now ready to join NATP. We look forward to welcoming Sweden to join us as soon as possible”.

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