Finland is a step closer to joining NATO after becoming a signatory to the Western military alliance.
Finland’s NATO bid a step closer
The Finnish president has formally sealed the Nordic country’s historic bid to join NATO by signing into law the required national legal amendments needed for membership in the Western military alliance.
Thursday’s move by President Sauli Niinistö means Finland has completed national measures needed to join NATO, and is now just awaiting approval from Turkey and Hungary, the only two of NATO’s 30 existing members that haven’t ratified its bid.
In Turkey on Thursday, a parliamentary committee approved Finland’s NATO application, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported, bringing Helsinki a step closer to joining the alliance.
Members of the Turkish parliament’s committee on foreign affairs voted in favour of Finland’s bid a week after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country would move forward with ratifying it.