Finland and Sweden formally applied to join the NATO alliance on Wednesday at allied headquarters, setting in motion an accession process that is expected to take only a few weeks.
The historic move comes in response to the ongoing war in Ukraine waged by Russia on February 24. They were both neutral throughout the Cold War, and their decision to join NATO is one of the most significant changes in Europe’s security architecture for decades, reflecting a sweeping shift in public opinion in the Nordic region.
The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C) are recognised by Turkish authorities as terrorist organisations.
A successful NATO application needs unanimous approval from current members, and Türkiye's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says both Sweden and Finland harbour terror organisations like PKK and D-HKPC pic.twitter.com/6En1dt97QD— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) May 17, 2022