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Romania supports accession of Sweden, Finland to NATO: Foreign Minister

'Romania is a long-standing supporter of NATO's "open door policy" and stressed the importance of unity and solidarity within the alliance in the light of Russia's military operation in Ukraine'

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Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu affirmed that stands ready to support the accession of and to NATO and expects that the Nordic states will make a considerable contribution to bolstering NATO's Eastern flank, Romanian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

"The head of Romanian diplomacy appreciated the high level of public support at this time for joining the Alliance in the two states and said that is ready to support a rapid process of accession of and Sweden," the foreign ministry said in a statement following Aurescu's participation in the first day of the Informal Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs held in Berlin on May 14-15.

The foreign minister noted that is a long-standing supporter of NATO's "open door policy" and stressed the importance of unity and solidarity within the alliance in the light of Russia's military operation in Ukraine and Turkish objections to the potential membership of and over their "hospitality" toward Kurdish asylum seekers.

In March, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance will fast-track the membership applications of Finland and if they decide to join. On Thursday, both Finland and Sweden officially confirmed their plans to join NATO. The United States and Germany have already pledged support to the Nordic states if they choose to apply for membership in the alliance.

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First Published: Sun, May 15 2022. 13:59 IST
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