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Turkey ratifies Finland’s NATO membership

Finland’s accession to the alliance will now be finalized by the US State Department and Helsinki.
Finnish MPs attend a plenary session of the Finnish parliament on a vote on the country's entry to NATO in Helsinki, Finland on March 1, 2023. - Finland's parliament on March 1 voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining NATO, ahead of ratifications from Hungary and Turkey, increasing the likelihood it will enter the alliance before Nordic neighbour Sweden. Lawmakers approved a law affirming that Finland accepts the terms of the NATO treaty by 184 votes against seven. (Photo by Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva /

ANKARA — Turkey’s parliament ratified Finland’s accession to NATO on Thursday, while Sweden’s bid to join the alliance is still blocked by Ankara and Budapest.

The measure passed unanimously with 276 votes in the parliament’s general assembly.

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