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Stoltenberg: Sweden has fulfilled all requirements for NATO membership

Apr 4, 2023

North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed on Tuesday that Sweden, like Finland, has fulfilled all the conditions for full membership in NATO and expressed hope for the speedy implementation of this process.

Stoltenberg said this at a press conference at NATO headquarters with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, according to a Yevropeiska Pravda correspondent.

The NATO Secretary General emphasized that he is in close contact with Turkey and its President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding Sweden's membership in NATO.

"My message is that not only Finland but also Sweden has fulfilled the commitments they made under the trilateral agreement (with Turkey - Ed.), and I spoke about this during my meetings in Ankara. Therefore, nothing should hinder or be an obstacle to the final ratification of Sweden to become a member of the Alliance," he emphasized.

Stoltenberg noted that Sweden's membership is "a priority for the Alliance" and is important to him personally.

"Everybody else agrees that we should try to complete the process of Sweden's accession as soon as possible, so we will continue to work on it and hope that we can welcome Sweden (to NATO - Ed.)," the NATO Secretary General added.

Author - Olena Madiak, 04/04/2023

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