Finland and Sweden have intensified their efforts towards becoming members of Nato after ambassadors of the 30 Allied nations gathered in Brussels to sign the protocols of accession on Tuesday.
Considering the process which varies between Allies, the protocols, which are essentially amendments to Nato’s 1949 founding treaty, will now be sent for ratification by the governments or parliaments of each member state.
At the meeting in Brussels, where the Finnish and Swedish foreign ministers were present, the Alliance’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said:
“This is a good day for Finland and Sweden. And a good day for Nato,”
“With 32 nations around the table, we will be even stronger. And our people will be even safer, as we face the biggest security crisis in decades.”
Meanwhile, considering the war in Ukraine, sources have revealed that both Finland and Sweden have submitted Nato applications following Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine.
On the effect of the membership, their accession would attract a remarkable shift in northern European geopolitics, effectively encircling the Baltic Sea with Nato members with the exception of Russia.
Speaking further, Stoltenberg tagged the step as an “historic moment,” stressing that NATO’s door remains open to democracies in European that are “ready and willing to contribute to our shared security.”
However, there are concerns around what Russia border would be as countries joining the alliance would bring the US-led military alliance up to Finland’s 830-mile border with the country.