Turkey agrees to back Finland and Swedens bid to join NATO

Sweden and Finland look poised to join NATO after Turkey agreed to drop a block on the Nordic countries’ application.

A memorandum signed by the three nations follows talks between their leaders at a NATO summit in Madrid and ends what appeared to be the key obstruction to the Nordic neighbours’ accession process.

A statement from Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said: “We had a thorough meeting with president of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and prime minister of Sweden Magdalena Andersson, facilitated by secretary general of NATO Jens Stoltenberg.

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“As a result of that meeting, our foreign ministers signed a trilateral memorandum which confirms that Turkey will at the Madrid summit this week support the invitation of Finland and Sweden to become members of NATO.”



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