The Albanian government is in favor of Sweden and Finland joining NATO in accordance with the Council of Ministers’ latest decision.
“We have formally agreed on the enlargement of the alliance and the inclusion of these two countries,” Albanian Foreign Minister Olta Xhaçka told a news conference on Thursday.
Xhaçka stated that the decision will now be forwarded to the Albanian Parliament, which will have the final say on whether to ratify it.
“These protocols will then be forwarded to [the Albanian] Parliament for its ratification. Once the parliaments of all 30 NATO member states, as well as the parliaments of Finland and Sweden, have also ratified this procedure, it will then be possible to accept them. de jure in the North Atlantic Treaty, ”Xhaçka added.
Finland and Sweden recently applied to join the alliance after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, joining NATO requires the unanimous approval of all 30 member states that Turkey refuses to grant.
Delegations from the three countries met in Ankara on Wednesday 26 May. Following the meeting, a senior Turkish official declared that Turkey would vote against their application unless Turkey’s concerns were addressed in concrete terms, citing Associated Press.
Turkey claims that Sweden and Finland have given their support to entities that threaten security in Turkey, including the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.
Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has denied Turkey’s allegations and says that Sweden does not provide weapons or support to terrorists.