June 29, 2022

Raven Tribune

Complete News World

Declaration signed: Sweden applies for NATO membership

Status: 05/17/2022 1:01 pm

Sweden speeds up joining NATO: Yesterday it announced that the country would apply to join the military alliance. The official application came today. But this is definitely not a success.

Sweden has officially signed an application to join NATO. Foreign Minister Ann Linde signed the request and said it would be sent to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. “I feel we have made the right decision for Sweden,” he said.

Sweden has not been a military ally for more than 200 years, and Finland has been neutral since the end of World War II. However, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, public opinion in both countries changed.

Finland’s application is also expected to be followed soon

The Swedish government announced the application after a parliamentary debate the previous day. An official NATO application from Finland was also expected on Tuesday. Its leader Sauli Niinistö wanted to meet with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson and address the parliament in Stockholm.

King Carl XVI of Sweden. Gustav stressed his country’s intention to join NATO “simultaneously and with Finland.” Speaking at a press conference with Ninisto in Stockholm, he said:

The King said that the challenges posed by Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine were “opportunities for consensus and deeper cooperation to stand together more.” Niinist√∂ explained: “Our security policy has been the same for a long time. Even now, when the situation requires it, we work together.”

Turkey is blocking membership efforts

Most NATO countries have promised to allow Finland and Sweden together as soon as possible. However Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refrains from referring to the Kurdish policies of Finland and Sweden. Against joining NATO.

See also  "Sopagate" with Van der Leyen: EU delegation not allowed to enter room early

NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg called on allies to take Ankara’s demands seriously. “Turkey is a valuable ally and all security concerns must be taken into account,” Stoltenberg said after talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday evening. “We must stand together in this historic moment.”