Ratification of Nordics' NATO bids 'already visible': Finnish DefMin

Ratification of Nordics
# 09 March 2023 08:32 (UTC +04:00)

Finnish Defense Minister Antti Kaikkonen on Wednesday expressed confidence that Finland and Sweden's bids to join NATO would be ratified by the remaining two countries, Hungary and Türkiye, in the foreseeable future, APA reports citing Urdupoint.

"The finish line is already visible, but perhaps we need to be patient," said Kaikkonen after an informal meeting of the EU defense ministers in Stockholm.

Kaikkonen held talks with his Hungarian counterpart, Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The Finnish defense chief said that Szalay-Bobrovniczky had assured him that Hungary supported Finland and Sweden's membership in NATO and would ratify the applications in March.

Official-level talks between Finland, Sweden and Türkiye will continue in Brussels today, and Kaikkonen hopes the meeting will help push forward the ratification of the Nordics' applications to the alliance.