Blinken and Stoltenberg discussed the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO

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The process of accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO should be completed as soon as possible, Secretary General of the alliance Jens Stoltenberg said at a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. Their words are given on the NATO website.

He noted that Finland and Sweden are still integrating into the civilian and military structures of the North Atlantic Alliance.

“It is inconceivable that the Allies should not act if Finland or Sweden come under pressure. It is important that we complete this membership process as soon as possible.” Stoltenberg said.

Blinken noted that the US will seek to complete the process of accession of Stockholm and Helsinki to NATO by the summit in Vilnius in July.

Finland and Sweden jointly applied to join NATO last May. To join the alliance, candidates must ratify a bilateral agreement with NATO members, which Turkey and Hungary have not yet done.

However, in January of this year, a rally was held in Stockholm against the country’s membership in the alliance, during which the leader of the Danish far-right political party Hard Line Rasmus Paludan burned the Koran. After that, the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that Stockholm “can no longer wait” for Ankara to approve the application to NATO. At the same time, a different decision may be made with regard to Finland, he noted.

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