According to Korean news on June 29th, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on June 28th, that Turkey agreed to withdraw its previous vote against Finland’s and Sweden’s applications to join NATO, thus resolving the diplomatic dispute that prevented these countries from joining the alliance. It was reported that if Sweden and Finland’s membership in NATO is approved, it would be the most meaningful expansion of NATO since its establishment in the event that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has changed the European security pattern.
Previously, Russia had previously threatened to deploy Iskander missiles near its borders as a retaliatory measure if Sweden and Finland joined NATO. Turkey was the only one opposing Sweden and Finland joining NATO.
President Putin gave the reason for invasion of Ukraine, because Ukraine tends to join NATO’s eastward advance and once Ukraine becomes allies, will threaten Russia. After these countries join NATO, Russia witnesses Finland, where its borders 1,300 kilometers away become a new member of NATO.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish President Saarinen Niinistö held a four-hour marathon meeting in Madrid Spain, where the NATO summit was held on the 28th, and were accomplished in a three-nation agreement.