Accession of Sweden and Finland. ″NATO’s door remains open to European democracies

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that the signing of the protocols for the accession of Sweden and Finland to the Atlantic Alliance is a “historic” moment, which will mean an “even stronger alliance”.

“This is a historic moment for Finland, for Sweden and for NATO”considered the Secretary-General of the Atlantic Alliance, noting that the formal move “marks the beginning of the ratification process” in the current members’ 30 national parliaments.

“NATO’s door remains open to European democracies that are ready and willing to contribute to our common security”said Stoltenberg.

In a short statement, at the start of the ceremony, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde expressed his gratitude for the support shown by allies since the two countries expressed their willingness to join NATO. , reiterating the “commitment” of the “future member” to strengthen the military capabilities of the Atlantic Alliance.

“As a future member of the Alliance, Sweden will contribute to the security of all allies”he said, “in the belief that membership will strengthen NATO and contribute to Euro-Atlantic stability”.

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto also called the moment “historic”, a moment that represents the culmination of an “approach” over the past “three decades” that will make NATO “stronger”.

“The accession of Finland and Sweden will contribute not only to our security, but also to the collective security of the Alliance”insured.

“Finland’s strong military capabilities and civilian preparation will help strengthen the Alliance,” Haavisto assured, challenging the “30 national parliaments” to “rapidly ratify” the accession protocols so that the two countries become full members of NATO. . †

Likewise, Jens Stoltenberg also hopes the ratification process moves forward quickly to make way for “a stronger alliance.” “With 32 countries around the table, we will be even stronger,” he assured in the opening speech of the ceremony.

The ratification of the 30 national parliaments of NATO members is the next step. It is expected that some assemblies will start doing this in the summer.

Author: Joao Francisco Guerreiro

Source: El heraldo