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Finland Becomes NATO Ally

Finland Becomes NATO Ally

NATO Allies signed Finland’s Accession Protocol on July 5 2022, after which all 30 national parliaments voted to ratify the country’s membership. 

On July 5, 2022, NATO Allies signed Finland’s Accession Protocol; immediately following this event, all 30 national parliaments voted to ratify Finland’s membership in NATO. As Finland’s Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto deposited Finland’s instrument of accession with the government of the United States, represented by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made the following statement: “Finland is safer, and NATO is stronger with Finland as an Ally,”

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Finland Becomes NATO AllyA flag-raising ceremony was held at NATO Headquarters to commemorate Finland’s admission into the Alliance, and President Sauli Niinisto was invited to attend.

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Sweden and Finland applied for NATO Membership following Russian aggression in Ukraine. Turkiye refused two Baltic countries’ application to NATO due to policies two countries previously followed. Following discussions among the three countries, Finland changed its attitude while Sweden failed to implement them. Turkiye has recently approved Finland’s accession as the last country.

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