On the evening of March 30, the General Assembly of the Turkish Parliament ratified Finland’s NATO accession protocol, Anadolu reports.
A few days ago, Finland’s entry into NATO was supported by the Hungarian Parliament. After that, Turkey remained the only country – a member of the North Atlantic Alliance, which had to approve Finland’s entry into it.
Finland and Sweden announced their intention to join NATO in May 2022, shortly after Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The countries have submitted a joint application to join the alliance.
At the beginning of February, the protocol for admitting new members to the North Atlantic Alliance had been ratified by all NATO member countries, with the exception of Hungary and Turkey. The authorities of the two countries have declared that they do not oppose Finland’s entry into the alliance, but that they are not ready, for various reasons, to support Sweden’s candidacy.
NATO currently comprises 30 countries. A new country can only join the alliance if its application is approved by all NVA members