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NATO Welcomes Sweden – Becomes 32nd Alliance Member

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Το ΝΑΤΟ καλω&sigma ορiζει τη Σουηδiα – Γiνεται το 32ο μe&lambda ;ος της Συμμαχiας

Sweden officially becomes the 32nd member of NATO, with the North Atlantic Alliance welcoming the country, raising the flag at its headquarters.

The North Atlantic Alliancetoday (11/3) officially welcomes the Alliance's 32nd member, Sweden, by raising the country's flag at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

«It is a historic day,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, welcoming Sweden as the 32nd member of the Alliance, in the presence of Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristerson. “Sweden now enjoys the protection of Article 5, the full guarantee of liberty and security” of its members, G. Stoltenberg emphasized, adding that “Sweden's accession to NATO makes the Alliance and Sweden safer and NATO stronger“. He also pointed out that “Putin wanted less NATO”, but he got the exact opposite, “with Finland and Sweden now full members of the Alliance and Ukraine closer than ever in becoming a member”.

Το ΝΑΤΟ καλωσο ρλζει τη Σουηδλα – Γλνεται το 32ο μελο ς της Συμμαχiας

AP PHOTO/GEERT VANDEN WIJNGAERT

Sweden had to wait two years for its membership to be ratified by the 31 members of the Alliance. After two years of tough negotiations with Turkeyto lift its veto and at the same time faced with the reluctance of the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Sweden today manages to officially become the 32nd member of the Alliance. Finland managed to become the 31st member of the Alliance a year ago. Reversing a decades-old tradition of neutrality, the two Nordic countries had simultaneously applied to join NATO in April 2022, shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Το ΝΑΤΟ καλωσο ρλζει τη Σουηδλα – Γλνεται το 32ο μελο ς της Συμμαχiας

AP PHOTO/GEERT VANDEN WIJNGAERT

“The Swedish flag is raised here at NATO headquarters, with the strong support of our parliament and the Swedish people“, said the country's Prime Minister Ulf Kristerson at the press conference he gave together with G. Stoltenberg today in Brussels. As the Swedish Prime Minister noted, as a sign of the country's strong support for NATO membership, the Swedish delegation today in Brussels is not only made up of ministers, but also Princess Victoria of Sweden and six political leaders of the country.

Το ΝΑΤΟ καλωσο ρλζει τη Σουηδλα – Γλνεται το 32ο μελο ς της Συμμαχiας

AP PHOTO/GEERT VANDEN WIJNGAERT

«Unity and solidarity will be Sweden's guiding lights as a member of NATO. We will share the burdens, responsibilities and risks with our allies,” the Swedish prime minister said, adding that “the security situation in our region has never been so serious since the Second World War< /em>” and Russia will remain a threat to Euro-Atlantic security for the foreseeable future. “It is in this light that Sweden applied for NATO membership to gain security, but also to provide security,” Ulf Kirsterson continued, stressing that our support for Ukraine is a fundamental part of that security. “Ukraine is fighting bravely for its own freedom, but it is also defending European freedom”, underlined the Swedish Prime Minister.

source: news 24/7

Source: 24h.com.cy

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