Turkey lifts veto on Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO

For weeks Turkey and Greece have been veto holders for Finnish and Swedish accession to NATO. Now Ankara has lifted its veto, putting an end to long disputes

As NATO has an open door policy, meaning that anyone may join without any complications, Finnish accession to the alliance has never been an issue. The only limitation is that all member states must have to accept adhesion of new member unanimously. This also means that all countries could possibly have a veto power and they could possibly block the membership process.

Countries with such an interest are those that enjoy favourable relations with Russia or that are dependent on its energy. In the light of Russian threats to cut off all energy supplies, countries such as Hungary or Turkey may decide to halt the Finnish and Swedish membership process as a result of Russian coercion due to having a strong political leverage over energy issues.

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