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The allies will sign Sweden and Finland’s NATO accession protocol on Tuesday

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Finland admits that it is now in a “grey area” and hopes to complete the integration as soon as possible

BRUSSELS/MADRID, 29 (EUROPA PRESS)

NATO allies will sign Sweden and Finland’s accession protocol to the alliance next Tuesday in Brussels, allied sources have confirmed, after Turkey on Tuesday lifted its veto on both Scandinavian countries after securing greater commitments in the fight against terrorism .

The tripartite negotiations, moderated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and his team, culminated in an agreement in Madrid on Tuesday that ended a month-long blockade by Ankara and paved the way for Stockholm and Helsinki to join the organisation.

The signing will take place on Tuesday at the North Atlantic Council, the executive body that brings together the 30 allies at Brussels headquarters, the sources consulted have indicated. This document will be signed “in parallel” with the accession negotiations, which are expected to last only a few hours as Sweden and Finland are closely aligned with NATO standards.

Stoltenberg called the pact a “good deal” for all parties, adding that the two Nordic countries will work “even more closely” with Turkey to fight terrorism, extradite suspects or share information.

For the time being, Sweden and Finland will attend the Madrid Summit as partners and not as ‘guests’, ie ‘de facto’ members, a status they would have if the accession protocol had been signed before the meeting.

ADHESION PROCESS

The two Nordic countries jointly applied to join NATO on May 18, a concession the Atlantic Alliance had bet on because it was “express” and ready for the Madrid summit.


Turkey, however, is frustrated with its reluctance amid alleged collusion between Swedes and Finns with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

The next step is the negotiation and signing of the access protocol that the allies will initial in Brussels to later send to the different capitals. The ratification of these protocols would be the longest phase due to the different systems to guarantee the new partner.

This bureaucratic process will take months as each ally has a different validation system and in many cases a vote in Parliament will be required. This means that Sweden and Finland will only formally join in late 2022 or early 2023, which worries candidates who want security guarantees for that period in the face of threats from Russia.

Once all members of the alliance and the candidates have approved these protocols, the next step will be to deposit these documents in Washington, where they will be guarded by the United States government.

A “GRAY ZONE”

Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, speaking to reporters at the summit, conceded that both Finland and Sweden now find themselves in a “grey area” as they do not fall under the NATO umbrella.

The two Nordic countries have received “strong security guarantees” from countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, but Haavisto still hopes this transition period will be “as short as possible” before full integration into the alliance.


Source europapress.es

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