The 30 countries took a key step to bring both Nordic countries into the Alliance, but they will be full members until the accession process is completed.
The 30 ambassadors of NATO countries signed on Tuesday (05.07.2022) in Brussels the accession protocols of Finland and Sweden, a key step for their membership in the Alliance, although they will not become full members until the accession process is completed.
The signing took place in the presence of Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto and Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde, NATO said in a statement.
“It’s a good day for Sweden and Finland, and a good day for NATO,” Stoltenberg said at the start of the ceremony. “Today we will formally sign the accession protocols. This marks the start of the ratification process,” he added.
The signing was given the green light after Turkey last week lifted its veto against both Scandinavian countries after securing a greater commitment on counter-terrorism.
Three-way negotiations facilitated by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and his team culminated last week in Madrid with an agreement that ends a month-long blockade by Ankara and paves the way for Stockholm and Helsinki to join the organization.