NATO says ‘the time is now’ to ratify Sweden and Finland bid

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During a press conference with Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Stoltenberg acknowledged Turkey’s concerns about terrorism and notes that Sweden has taken steps to address them.

Stoltenberg told the press conference: “So my consistent position has been and remains that the time has come to ratify both Finland and Sweden and make them full members of our Alliance. They have both made big steps since we signed the joint memorandum between Finland and Sweden and Türkiye in July at the NATO Summit in Madrid last year.

“They have removed any restrictions on arms exports, strengthened their legislation on terrorism. And Sweden is also amending their constitution and stepped up the cooperation with Türkiye, also established a permanent mechanism to continue to work closely with Türkiye in the fight against terrorism.

“So I continue to believe that the time is now to ratify both Finland and Sweden”

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