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Turkey has lifted its opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed Tuesday.
The momentous breakthrough came during a leader’s summit in Madrid this week, as Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine overshadows Europe.
From left to right background: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto, Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, and Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde sign a memorandum in which Turkey agrees to Finland and Sweden’s membership of the defense alliance in Madrid, Spain on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.