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Sweden and Finland submitted their applications to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Wednesday, which was described by its secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, as a “historic step”.

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The ambassadors of both countries to the military alliance, Klaus Korhonen (Finland) and Axel Wernhoff (Sweden) presented their requests in Brussels after having been approved by their respective governments and assemblies.

In this regard, the secretary general of the western alliance published that: “It is an honor to receive the requests for membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO. This is a good day at a critical time for our security. Its applications are a historic step”.

At the same time, the senior official added that: “Each nation has the right to choose its own path. You are our closest partners. And their NATO membership would enhance our shared security.”

Similarly, Stoltenberg reported that: “The allies will now consider the next steps on their way to NATO. The security interests of all Allies must be taken into account. And we are determined to work through all the issues and come to quick conclusions.”

Meanwhile, the Norwegian diplomat expressed that the military alliance is on alert in the Baltic Sea region while asserting that “NATO and allied forces will continue to adapt as necessary.”

Although he assured that all the members were in agreement with the extension, the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has rejected the accession due to the support of the Nordic countries to the Popular Protection Units and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

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