HELSINKI, January 24 – RIA Novosti. Finnish Defense Minister Mikko Savola, after the statement of the country’s Foreign Minister that the procedure for ratifying the country’s application to NATO can take place separately from Sweden, notedthat it is important to do this together with Stockholm.
“Now it is important to keep a cool head. We applied for NATO membership at the same time as Sweden. It is in the interests of Finland, Sweden and NATO to finish together,” Savola wrote on Twitter.
Earlier on Tuesday, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto allowed the continuation of the procedure for ratifying the country’s application to the North Atlantic Alliance separately from Sweden.
Relations between Sweden and Turkey have deteriorated due to the protests of the past few days in Stockholm. Ankara later said that Sweden should not count on Turkish support for its bid to join NATO.
January 19, 00:30
Turkish Foreign Minister commented on the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO
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