Finns on Thursday welcomed the prospect of NATO membership, as Turkey’s parliament voted to ratify Finland’s membership bid even as it keeps Sweden’s application on hold.
The Turkish parliament was the last among the 30 members of the alliance to ratify Finland’s membership after Hungary’s legislature approved a similar bill earlier this week.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said earlier in March that Finland had secured Turkey’s blessing after taking concrete steps to keep promises to crack down on groups seen by Ankara as terrorists, and to free up defense exports.
And so the map turned all green.— Finland at NATO (@FinMissionNATO) March 31, 2023
Sincere thanks to all 30 Allies for ratifying Finland's #NATO membership.#FinlandNATO pic.twitter.com/JZ4HZ6ACqd
“I look forward to raising Finland’s flag at the NATO headquarters in the coming days. Together we are stronger and safer,” he wrote.
I congratulated President @niinisto on the completion of the historic ratification of #Finland’s accession. I look forward to raising #Finland’s flag at #NATO HQ in the coming days. Together we are stronger & safer.— Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg) March 31, 2023
Finland has a 1,300-km (810-mile) border with Russia and would roughly double the transatlantic alliance's frontier facing Moscow.
#Finland 🇫🇮 will formally join our Alliance in the coming days.— Oana Lungescu (@NATOpress) March 31, 2023
Their membership will make Finland safer & #NATO stronger. I look forward to also welcoming #Sweden 🇸🇪 as a full member of the NATO family as soon as possible.