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NATO: Emmanuel Macron signs the ratification of the accessions of Finland and Sweden


Twenty of the thirty allies who must ratify this process, which promises to be long, have already done so. Turkey, however, threatens to slow down

One more step for these two Baltic Sea countries.

Emmanuel Macron signed on Saturday, on behalf of France, the protocol for the ratification of Finland and Sweden's accession to NATO, which had been adopted by the French Parliament on August 2.

“This sovereign choice of Finland and Sweden, two European partners, will strengthen their security in the face of the current threat in their immediate neighborhood and will make a significant contribution, given the capabilities of these two partners, to the collective posture and to our European security,” said the Elysée on Saturday.

The French Parliament had ratified the accession protocols by a vote of the National Assembly ten days ago.

The deputies adopted the text by 209 votes against 46 with the support of LR, the Socialist Party and the ecologists, the abstention of the RN and the vote against of LFI.

Turkey could block

Sweden and Finland renounced their traditional neutrality due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Twenty allies” have “already ratified the protocols”, had indicated, during the adoption by the French Parliament, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna.

The two countries need a ratification of the thirty member states of the organization to benefit from the protection of article 5 of the NATO Charter in the event of an attack.

US President Joe Biden had initialed, on Tuesday, the United States' ratification of Sweden's and Finland's membership of NATO, an enlargement of the Alliance which responds to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. .

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The two Nordic countries will be "strong, reliable and capable allies" in joining the US-dominated military alliance, President Biden said during a signing ceremony at the White House.

A member of the Atlantic Alliance, Turkey is however threatening to “freeze” the process, accusing the two Scandinavian countries of benevolence towards the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and its allies that Ankara considers to be terrorist organisations.

Source: leparis

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