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Finland’s parliament backs NATO membership

The Finnish parliament has voted for the country’s entry into NATO. The corresponding bill was supported by 184 deputies out of 200, seven voted against, one abstained. On this subject reported on the parliament website.

Now the law on Finland’s NATO membership must be signed by the country’s president, Sauli Niinistö.

Finland and Sweden have applied to join NATO in May 2022. To join the North Atlantic Alliance, the consent of all 30 countries in the bloc is required. Turkey and Hungary have not yet ratified the candidacies of Finland and Sweden.

Viktor Orban, Hungarian Prime Minister declaredthat some Hungarian parliamentarians oppose the admission of Sweden and Finland to NATO, because the representatives of these countries “shamelessly spread lies about Hungary”.

Turkey is ready to support Finland’s claim separately, while the republic has several claims against Sweden. The Turkish authorities notably accuse Stockholm of harboring members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which Ankara considers to be terrorists. In January, relations between the countries were complicated by the burning of the Quran near the Turkish embassy in Stockholm.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said then that Sweden might “not even dream” of agreeing to join NATO from Ankara. Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, in the midst of this scandal, admitted that Finland should join the alliance without Sweden.

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