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NATO expressed confidence in a positive decision on the membership of Finland and Sweden

NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana

NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana

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The issue of Sweden and Finland’s membership in NATO is likely to be resolved positively if the corresponding applications from these countries are received. This statement was made on Sunday, May 15, before an informal meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Berlin, Mircea Geoana, reports RIA Novosti.

“Last night we were joined by the Foreign Ministers of Finland and Sweden. We know and respect the democratic procedures in these countries. If they decide to seek NATO membership, I am sure that the allies will constructively and positively consider their entry into the alliance,” – he declared.

According to him, now Finland and Sweden are already partners of NATO, with which the alliance is working in different areas. Joane added that Helsinki and Stockholm contribute to Euro-Atlantic security.

Earlier, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said that physically applying for a country to join NATO provided by the Permanent Representative of the State in Brussels. The diplomat added that the application would most likely be submitted on Wednesday, May 18.

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