Sweden and Finland are About to Sign the Procedures for Joining NATO

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The admission procedures for Sweden and Finland are expected to be approved by the 30 NATO members on Tuesday, sending the two countries’ membership applications to the capitals of the alliance for parliamentary approval.

The action will worsen Russia’s geopolitical isolation as a result of its invasion of the neighboring Ukraine in February and subsequent armed conflicts there.

The 30 ambassadors and permanent representatives will officially ratify the choices reached at the NATO summit last week, when the alliance decided to extend invitations to Sweden and Finland, two neighbors of Russia, to join the military club.

Despite the alliance’s agreement, Turkey’s legislative approval might yet cause issues for their actual admission as members.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the leader of Turkey, issued a warning last week that Ankara could still obstruct the process if the two nations don’t fully accede to Ankara’s demand to extradite terror suspects with ties to banned Kurdish organizations or the network of an exiled cleric suspected of masterminding a failed 2016 coup in Turkey.

He said that the accord may not be ratified by the Turkish Parliament. Given that NATO membership requires the official approval of all 30 member nations, giving each one a blocking power, it is a serious danger.

The anticipated signing-off on Tuesday would already integrate both countries more deeply into NATO. They had previously participated in certain sessions with matters that directly touched them as close partners. Even though they do not yet have voting privileges, they are permitted to attend all meetings of the ambassadors as formal invitees.

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