NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said he hopes the ratification of the agreement with Sweden and Finland on accession to the North Atlantic Alliance will happen very soon.

"We will make a decision at the Summit to invite Sweden and Finland to become members of NATO very soon," Stoltenberg told reporters.

We recall that both countries applied for NATO membership in mid-May, and it was Turkey that aimed to block their action after noticing for these countries that they are harboring Gulenists and PKK Kurds.

However, last night at the NATO Summit being held in Madrid, Spain, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced that Turkey had lifted the blockade, paving the way for the accession process for Finland and Sweden.

"After the invitation, the process must be ratified in 30 parliaments.

This always takes some time, but I hope that this will be done sooner than usual, due to the fact that the Alliance is ready to ratify the process so that it happens as soon as possible ", added Stoltenberg.

The tripartite agreement has been hailed by Turkey, Finland and Sweden by leaders of Western powers - from US President Joe Biden to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

/ Telegraphy /