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President Macron approves NATO expansion

More than two-thirds of the members of the alliance agreed to join Finland and Sweden.

French President Emmanuel Macron signed an official document on Saturday approving Finland and Sweden’s applications for NATO membership.Although Macron once called the US-led military bloc “brain death,” He has changed course since Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine.

The French parliament approved the expansion proposal earlier this month after two Nordic countries applied to join the alliance in May. By petitioning Western powers to join, the two renounced their previous non-alignment, with Finland being formally neutral since the immediate aftermath of World War II and Sweden formally neutral since the early 19th century.

“This sovereign choice of two European partners, Finland and Sweden, will allow them to enhance their security in the face of current threats in their immediate vicinity.” Reading a statement from the Elysée Palace quoted by news agency AFP, “threat” Probably referring to Russia.

Moscow warned Sweden and Finland in May. ‘Serious military and political consequences’ Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia was relatively unfazed by the prospect because it has no territorial disputes with either country.

By contrast, Russia has for decades described the possibility of a Ukraine allied with NATO as an unacceptable security threat, and has ultimately failed in its efforts to prevent this outcome. As part of this, they are sending troops into the country. Had Ukraine joined the alliance, NATO could have come into direct conflict with Russia over its territorial claims to Crimea, which it voted to join the Russian Federation in 2014.

All 30 NATO members must ratify the new additions to the alliance. Turkey threatened in May to reject Finland and Sweden’s applications for membership, citing Stockholm and Helsinki as allegedly supporting Kurds, whom the Turkish government considers terrorists. A tentative agreement appears to have been reached between Turkey and the Nordic countries, with Sweden on Thursday announcing the extradition of Turkish citizens to their home countries. It is unclear whether the suspect was on a list of terrorists wanted by the Turkish government.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday that his government will meet with Finnish and Swedish officials later this month to further discuss the two countries’ NATO applications.

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More than 20 of the 30 NATO members have ratified Finland and Sweden’s accession. US President Joe Biden signed the official document on Tuesday.

Macron’s signature marks a Cold War-era alliance “brain death,” He proposed that the EU work with a common European force to meet its own defense needs.But Macron has since changed his position, calling the conflict in Ukraine “Electric shock of awakening” for NATO.

But the French president has eschewed some of the harsher anti-Russian rhetoric of its NATO allies. documentary team, his goal was to “Helping Ukraine win… let alone annihilating Russia instead of fighting it.” as he said “Anglo-Saxon” I want to be a leader.

http://www.swedennews.net/news/272653088/macron-approves-nato-enlargement President Macron approves NATO expansion

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