Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to discuss Finland’s accession to NATO in the Turkish parliament

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File) (UMIT BEKTAS/)

The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoganannounced this Friday that the country has finally agreed to ratify Finland’s accession protocol to NATOso that the Turkish Parliament now has a free hand to start the process in question.

Erdogan’s words came during a joint press conference with the Finnish president, Sauli Niinisto, who is visiting the Turkish capital, Ankara. Both have met to address the future of the Atlantic Alliancealthough it was already expected that Erdogan would finally announce this week his intention to ratify the protocol.

“We care about the strong and continued support given by Finland in relation to Turkey’s accession to the European Union,” said the Turkish president, who has specified that he hopes that NATO “will be even stronger with Finland.” “Will play an active role in maintaining global security and stability”, he asserted, according to information from the news agency anatolian.

Finland is thus one step closer to becoming a NATO member state ahead of Swedenwhom the Turkish authorities continue to demand to comply with their demands and cooperate in the fight against the terrorism of Kurdish groups.

Once the accession protocol has been ratified by Turkey, only Hungary will remain as the only member state of the Alliance that has not yet given its go-ahead to start this process.

Erdogan with the President of Finland, Sauli Niinisto (Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS)
Erdogan with the President of Finland, Sauli Niinisto (Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS) (MURAT CETINMUHURDAR/PPO/)

The Hungarian Parliament will vote on the accession of Finland to NATO on March 27

The Hungarian Parliament will vote on the entry of Finland into NATO on March 27, a move announced the same day that the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gave the green light to the entry of the Nordic country into the Atlantic Alliance, after months delay.

Hungary and Turkey are the only two NATO member states that have not endorsed the membership of Finland and Sweden to the bloc and, in the Hungarian case, the parliamentary vote has suffered several postponements, the last of which was known just a few days ago.

However, coinciding with Erdogan’s confirmation that the Turkish Parliament will ratify Finland’s entry soon, the ruling formation in Hungary, Fidesz, has announced that the Hungarian legislators will pronounce on March 27. The announcement, shared by the government spokesman, Zoltan Kovacs, only refers to Finland and leaves out Sweden.

“The Hungarian Parliament is sovereign and answers only to the people. Therefore, we will not give in to pressure that arrive from liberal NGOs abroad in relation to when and how Parliament should pass a law”, he warned.

With the approval of the two remaining countries, Finland will have a free hand to become the 31st State of the Atlantic Alliance.

(With information from Europa Press)

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