Caucasus (bbabo.net) - Finland hopes that Turkey and Hungary will approve its application to join NATO as soon as possible, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said. She believes that the authorities of both countries will not provide any obstacles.
“I have spoken to (Hungarian) Prime Minister Viktor Orban as well as (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan about the situation and as far as we know there should be no problem with Finland and its bid,” Marin told Politico.
The prime minister noted that “now there is no military threat for Finland”, and the country can defend itself. However, says Sanna Marin, “risks must be avoided and minimized.” She hopes that the ratification of Finland's application "will go smoothly and as quickly as possible".
Finland decided to join NATO against the background of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. Sweden has made the same decision. Turkey opposed the expansion of the alliance, accusing both countries of supporting terrorists. As a result, Ankara agreed to support the entry of Sweden and Finland into the alliance, putting forward a number of conditions for them.
Already 28 out of 30 NATO countries have ratified its expansion, only Hungary and Turkey are left to make a decision. The Hungarian Parliament will consider this issue on Monday, October 24.