The news that Sweden, Finland and Turkey have signed an agreement and that the Nordic countries could finally gain status and have been invited into the defense alliance received huge international attention and was unanimously welcomed by many NATO leaders.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was quick to welcome the news.
Great news when we start the NATO summit. Sweden and Finland membership will make our wonderful alliance stronger and safer,” he wrote on Twitter.
The President of the United States congratulates.
“I congratulate Finland, Sweden and Turkey on signing a Memorandum of Understanding – a critical step towards Finland and Sweden’s invitation to NATO, which will strengthen our alliance and enhance our collective security,” Joe Biden wrote on Twitter.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte wrote:
Good news at the beginning of the NATO summit in Madrid. Thanks to Turkey’s green light, we are one step closer to Finland and Sweden joining NATO.”
Similar praise comes from Denmark:
“Amazing news! A great start to a crucial NATO summit. The Nordic countries are united in NATO. Good luck to Finland and Sweden,” Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said in a statement.
Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store will also discuss Scandinavian cooperation.
“This is a historic day. With Sweden and Finland in NATO, we will have a stronger alliance in Europe. It has never been more important. For us in Norway, this means stronger and safer defense cooperation with our Nordic neighbors.”