Membership is in Türkiye's hands: Finnish President Niinisto

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Efforts of Finland, which had a veto on NATO membership due to Türkiye's support to terrorism, continue. Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said his country's membership was "in Türkiye's hands".

Membership is in Türkiye's hands: Finnish President Niinisto

The efforts of Finland, which received a veto from Türkiye on NATO membership, continue. After the Finnish parliament agreed to ratify NATO's founding treaties on February 28, President Sauli Niinisto said his country's membership was "in Türkiye's hands".

'IN TÜRKİYE'S HANDS'

Underlining that the February 28 decision expresses "their will", Niinisto said, "Türkiye's attitude towards our will is in the hands of Türkiye alone." 

It is considered certain that the law that will ratify NATO's founding treaties will be passed by parliament on February 28 in Finland. Because almost all of the deputies are warm to the candidacy, the fact that the law will put Finland one step ahead of Sweden in the race for membership makes it even more possible to be accepted.

Last May, Finland and its neighbor Sweden applied to the alliance in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. However, Türkiye opposed their membership, accusing the Scandinavian countries of "hosting terrorist groups".

'WE WILL CONTINUE WITHOUT SWEDEN'

Stating that they do not want and cannot withdraw their applications, the Finnish leader added that if Türkiye approves Finland instead of Sweden, they will continue on their way without Sweden.

(EURONEWS)

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