The Finnish parliament should approve the draft law on NATO membership

The Finnish parliament should approve the draft law on NATO membership< /p> Illustration photo – From left, Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin and Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto.

Helsinki – Today, the Finnish Parliament should approve a bill on membership in the North Atlantic Alliance. The country, which was neutral for decades, decided to join NATO after the Russian invasion of Ukraine last year. Finland will also be visited today by the Secretary General of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, who will meet with President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marinová.

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The acceptance of Finland and Sweden, which is also applying for membership in NATO, has already been approved by 28 member countries, leaving only ratification by Hungary and Turkey. While this should not be a problem in the case of Budapest, Ankara has reservations about Sweden in particular, criticizing Stockholm for what it says is a haven for Kurdish radicals and does not prevent opponents of Islam from speaking publicly.

On Monday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that negotiations with Sweden and Finland on their accession will continue on March 9. At the same time, he noted that Ankara still cannot agree to the Swedish request. However, Turkey is willing to deal separately with Finland's request.