Finland and Sweden have been on the agenda for some time now with their demands and moves to join NATO. However, it was stated that Turkey had given a negative answer to this Swedish demand, and therefore Sweden could not join the union. However, it was expressed that Turkey is keenly interested in Finland’s membership in NATO. A very important development for world politics has taken place in this direction. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced today that Finland will be officially declared the 31st member of NATO. Let’s look at the details together.
Sweden and Finland decided to become NATO members after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
However, Turkey, which is already a NATO member, said it would not approve of Sweden’s membership under the current conditions. New members joining the organization must be unanimously accepted by the countries that are members of the organization. However, Turkey was known to be more favorable towards Finland’s NATO membership.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced today that Finland will be declared the 31st member of NATO.
Yesterday Stoltenberg said in Brussels: “Here at NATO Headquarters, we will raise the Finnish flag for the first time in the interests of the security of both the North and NATO as a whole. Sweden will also be safer as a result.” used phrases.
Stoltenberg announced that Turkey is the latest country to approve Finland’s NATO membership.
Parliament approved Finland’s NATO membership on 30 March. Stoltenberg announced that Turkey is the latest country to approve Finland’s membership. Following this approval, Finland’s membership process, which started in 2022, was completed in April 2023. Thus, Finland went down in history as one of the countries that managed to join the organization the fastest in the entire 74-year history of NATO.
Finland will hand over its document of accession to the North Atlantic Treaty to the US administration before today’s meeting of NATO foreign ministers
After the following procedures, Finland’s membership in NATO will become official.
The ceremony will take place today at NATO Headquarters in Brussels in honor of Finland, the 31st member of the alliance.
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö will also attend the ceremony. The Finnish flag will take its place among the flags of the allied countries at the entrance to NATO Headquarters in a ceremony starting at 15:30 Brussels time. Thus, Finland will officially become part of NATO and will be included in the number of military and civilian structures of the organization.
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