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Turkey withdraws veto for Sweden and Finland to join NATO

Stoltenberg, 'NATO's open-door policy is a success'

28 June, 23:54
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, 28 GIU - Turkey withdraws veto for Sweden and Finland to join NATO.

The three countries signed a memorandum of understanding. Turkey "got what it asked for" from talks with Sweden and Finland on their NATO membership.

This was reported by the Turkish presidency, stressing that it got "full cooperation" from Helsinki and Stockholm against the PKK and its allies.

"NATO's open door policy is a success, we have shown that we can solve problems through negotiations, with Sweden and Finland joining the alliance we will all be safer." This was said by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, pointing out that details of the memorandum will soon be signed, including the agreement on extraditions, which will meet European standards.

Stoltenberg went on to point out that NATO leaders will now officially invite Sweden and Finland at the summit, a step that will pave the way for the path to ratification by all allies.

"With their entry the whole picture of the Baltic-Scandinavian chessboard will be strengthened," he added.

"Congratulations to Finland, Sweden, and Turkey on the signing of a trilateral memorandum, a key step toward NATO's invitation to Finland and Sweden, which will strengthen our Alliance and our collective security, and a great way to start the Summit," U.S. President Joe Biden wrote on twitter.

NATO leaders tomorrow will formally invite Finland and Sweden to join the alliance, Jens Stoltenberg announced at a press conference from Madrid. He added that the memorandum signed by Ankara, Helsinki and Stockholm "addresses Turkey's concerns, including arms exports, and the fight against terrorism." Stoltenberg attended the meeting with the leaders of the three countries on the eve of the NATO summit in Madrid, which led to the signing of the memorandum. (ANSA).

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