JUST IN: Turkey to greenlight Finland’s NATO membership bid. “We have decided to initiate the ratification process in our parliament”, Turkish President Erdogan said after meeting his Finnish counterpart Niinisto in Ankara. Ratification expected soon, before TR elections in May. pic.twitter.com/kEFbu2VE66
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CNBC: President Erdogan says Turkey will start ratifying Finland’s NATO application
* Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “We have decided to initiate the ratification of Finland’s accession process to NATO in our parliament.”
* In May, Finland and Sweden sent applications to join the military alliance.
* They decided to put an end to their policies of neutrality and military non-alignment in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday approved Finland’s accession to NATO after months of talks, but added that discussions with Sweden will continue.
“We have decided to initiate the ratification of Finland’s accession process to NATO in our parliament,” Erdogan said in Ankara, according to a Reuters translation, as he met his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto.
Erdogan added that he hoped the Turkish parliament would endorse Finland’s bid before the country’s May 14 elections.
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WNU Editor: Hungary is also on board …. Hungary’s ruling party to back Finland’s NATO accession in March 27 vote (Reuters).
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