NATO Signs Accession Protocols for Finland, Sweden

Voice of America News reports: “NATO members on Tuesday signed the accession protocols for Finland and Sweden to join the military alliance.

Both countries submitted their applications in May, breaking longstanding non-aligned stances in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

‘This is a good day for Finland and Sweden, and a good day for NATO. With 32 nations around the table, we will be even stronger and our people will be even safer as we face the biggest security crisis in decades,’ NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.

He added that ‘NATO’s door remains open to European democracies who are ready to and willing to contribute to our shared security.’

With the accession protocols signed, each of NATO’s 30 member countries now have to ratify them according to their individual national procedures…”

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