| 18 April 2024, Thursday |

Finland, Sweden accession to be ‘unprecedentedly quick,’ says NATO chief

“Unprecedentedly quick, within few weeks,” said the military alliance’s chief said Wednesday, about the accession process of Finland and Sweden to NATO, in his doorstep remarks at the ongoing Madrid summit.

Asked by Anadolu Agency whether Türkiye, Finland and Sweden have determined a calendar after signing Tuesday’s memorandum, Jens Stoltenberg said: “Well, Finland and Sweden have already taken steps to tighten their legislation on terrorism. So this is something which has already started to be implemented.”

“And I think this agreement is extremely important because it reflects the commitment we have to stand together as allies to address all our security concerns, of course also including the fight against terrorism,” he added.

The memorandum allows the two Nordic countries to become NATO members but conditions them to take steps on Türkiye’s terrorism concerns and lifts an arms embargo on Ankara.

It also states that Finland and Sweden will work closely with Türkiye on issues related to exchanging information, extradition and in general the fight against terrorism.

Noting that they will make a decision during the day to invite the Nordic countries to become members, he said the accession process will be “unprecedentedly quick.”

Although there will be a ratification process in 30 parliaments of the members, Stoltenberg said that he cannot promise but he expects the process to be completed within “few weeks.”

  • Anadolu Agency