Turkey has agreed to allow Sweden and Finland to join NATO and have signed a trilateral agreement which paves the way for the join the Alliance.
Vladimir Putin and his regime have continually warned the two Nordic countries not to join which is a “kick in the gut” for Moscow.
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Sweden and Finland have been neutral for decades but following the invasion of Ukraine the Nordic countries have been concerned over their own security
NATO’s General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg announced the move, he said, “I am pleased to announce we now have an agreement that paves the way for Finland and Sweden to join NATO.”
“Turkey, Finland and Sweden have signed a memorandum that addresses Turkey’s concerns, including around arms exports and the fight against terrorism,” Stolenberg added.
“Our joint memorandum underscores the commitment of Finland, Sweden and Türkiye to extend their full support against threats to each other’s security,’ Finish President Sauli Niinistö said in a statement.
Charles Kupchan, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonprofit think tank that specializes in foreign policy and international relations said, “It’s a defeat for him. It’s a kick in the gut.”
The official said President Biden did not want to be seen to get in the “middle” of talks.
The US official said, “We have been very studious, and rejecting the idea that the United States was wanting to play broker.
“We did not think that would be productive.”
The senior administration official said the Biden administration sees the deal as a win, he added, “This obviously, is just a powerful shot in the arm from the point of view of allied unity and also, you know, a historic moment for the Alliance to traditionally neutral countries, choosing to sign up to NATO and being welcomed by NATO.”