Finland and Sweden handed in their NATO applications at the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday morning.
“This is a good day at a critical time for our security,” Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said when he received the applications from Sweden’s NATO Ambassador Axel Wernhoff and his Finnish colleague Klaus Korhonen.
They handed over the applications during a simple ceremony at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
NATO sources have previously said that there will be a meeting for all NATO ambassadors immediately afterward.
Sweden and Finland already work closely with NATO, which makes it easier for them to become members. Nevertheless, Turkey’s position is an element of uncertainty. Turkish authorities have sent divisive signals, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it would be wrong to include Sweden and Finland in the Alliance.
In any case, the process will take some time. In a couple of weeks, it is expected that the countries will have the status of “invited members.”
After that, the new members must be approved by the National Assemblies of all 30 current NATO countries.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
Do you have a news tip for Norway Today? We want to hear it. Get in touch at email@example.com