Statement by the Secretary General on Finland’s membership in NATO
I welcome the vote by the Turkish Grand National Assembly to ratify Finland’s membership in NATO.
All 30 NATO Allies have now ratified the accession protocol.
And I have just spoken with President Sauli Niinistö to congratulate him on this historic occasion.
Finland will formally join our Alliance in the coming days.
Their membership will make Finland safer and NATO stronger.
Finland has highly capable forces.
And strong democratic institutions.
So Finland will bring a lot to our Alliance.
All Allies made a historic decision last year to invite Finland and Sweden to join our Alliance.
Since then, we have seen the fastest ratification process in NATO’s modern history.
All Allies agree that a rapid conclusion of the ratification process for Sweden will be in everyone’s interest.
I look forward to also welcoming Sweden as a full member of the NATO family as soon as possible.