Jul 5, 2022
Finland and Sweden sign on to join NATO Transcript
In a historic moment, NATO’s 30 allies signed an accession protocol for Finland and Sweden, allowing them to join the nuclear-armed alliance once parliaments ratify the decision. Read the transcript here.
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Speaker 1: (00:00)
This is an historic day for Finland, for Sweden, for NATO, and for Euro-Atlantic Security. President Putin trying to close NATO’s door, we now demonstrate that NATO’s door remains open.
Speaker 1: (00:17)
I commend all allies for moving so quickly in accepting Finland and Sweden’s applications for membership. And I want to Turkey, Finland, and Sweden for their constructive approach. The trilateral agreement they signed at the Madrid Summit made today possible. I know all three parties are working hard on the implementation and robust follow through, especially in the fight against terrorism.
Speaker 2: (00:51)
I really hope for a quick ratification process. And as you know, we made a memorandum of understanding between Finland, Sweden, and Turkey, to address the concern of Tokyo when it comes to security and terrorists. And we will honor that memorandum and follow up on that, and we will also have a joint mechanism. So I hope that the three countries; Sweden, Finland, and Turkey could see that this is a good memorandum, that leads to the Turkish parliament also feel that they can ratify our agreement.