Friday, June 21, 2024

Finland and Sweden formally apply to join NATO


Finland and Sweden on Wednesday submitted applications to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) after decades of military neutrality over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

After receiving requests from Finnish and Swedish ambassadors at NATO headquarters, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, “The two requests you submitted today are a historic step. Coalition members are now considering the next steps in joining NATO.”

Both efforts could represent the most significant NATO expansion in decades, doubling the length of the alliance’s border with Russia, and Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that access to the two countries could provoke a response from Moscow.

However, both demands are met with opposition from NATO member Turkey, which has threatened to block them as Scandinavian countries accuse them of providing a safe haven for anti-Ankara groups.

“The security interests of all NATO members must be taken into account and we are committed to resolving all these issues and making decisions quickly,” Stoltenberg said.

Follow our latest local and sports news and the latest political and economic developments via Google News



See also  Mohammed Salah donates a large sum of money to treat baby Rogaya
Rolf Colon
Rolf Colon
"Creator. Award-winning problem solver. Music evangelist. Incurable introvert."

Share post:


More like this

The best ways to protect your skin from sun damage in 2024

Caring for your skin is a healthy lifestyle that...

The easiest way to access the best UAE stocks

The most common way to invest in the UAE...

The Rising Demand for Model Ships in Dubai

Dubai, known for its stunning architecture and vibrant economy,...

Exhibition Stand Builders in Dubai

Dubai, a global hub for trade and commerce, is...