Erdogan breaks NATO deadlock as Turkey signs memo allowing Sweden and Finland bids

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The three nations have signed a memorandum of understanding in Madrid, just hours before the crunch NATO summit begins in the Spanish capital tomorrow (Wednesday). Both Sweden and Finland applied to formally apply for NATO membership in May – nearly three months after Russia began its brutal war in Ukraine back on February 24.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said in a statement: “Our foreign ministers signed a trilateral memorandum which confirms that Turkey will at the Madrid Summit this week support the invitation of Finland and Sweden to become members of NATO.

“Our joint memorandum underscores the commitment of Finland, Sweden and Turkey to extend their full support against threats to each other’s security.

“Us becoming NATO allies will further strengthen this commitment.”

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