Late on Thursday, the Turkish Parliament ratified Finland’s accession protocol to the Atlantic Alliance, with which Helsinki already has the approval of all NATO allies.
After an intense session in the Turkish Grand National Assembly that lasted for hours, well into the night, Turkish parliamentarians have given the ‘green light’ for Finland to join NATO, Anadolu news agency reported.
With this vote and following similar steps taken at the beginning of the week by the Hungarian Parliament, Finland has already received the favorable vote of all the member states of the Atlantic Alliance, which places the Scandinavian country on the brink of joining the bloc.
Once all the members of the Alliance and the candidates have approved the accession protocols, the approved documents must be sent to the United States, where they are deposited with the Government. The applicant country only becomes a member of NATO when Washington has all the documents.