Romania backs quick NATO accession process for Finland and Sweden

In a statement, he spoke of Romania’s strong support for the ‘Open Doors’ policy which he said brings many benefits to the Alliance. Furthermore, he noted how important the accession process to NATO was for reform in the country. [Shutterstock/M-SUR]

Romania is ”strongly” in favour of a ”rapid” accession process for both Finland and Sweden, as the membership of these two states will strengthen NATO, Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu said on Sunday.

In a statement, he spoke of Romania’s strong support for the ‘Open Doors’ policy which he said brings many benefits to the Alliance. Furthermore, he noted how important the accession process to NATO was for reform in the country.

”At the same time, these two states’ accession will strengthen the Alliance as a whole, and we believe that if Sweden and Finland become members of the alliance, the deterrence posture will be more efficient, and the defence strengthened. Thus, as a whole, NATO will become stronger,” Aurescu said.

On NATO member Turkey raising “a number of issues”, Aurescu said he hoped the situation would be solved by direct dialogue between the three countries – Turkey, Finland and Sweden.

”I perfectly understood what Turkey’s concerns were. It was an exchange of opinions with our colleagues from Finland and Sweden, so we have both sides’ positions, and there were already contacts made last night, and discussions on further progress,” the foreign minister also said.

According to him, NATO should not miss the moment.

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