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Turkey has agreed to support the joint membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO on the first day of the summit of the alliance in Madrid, the statement was made by Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Reuters reported.

He said the breakthrough came after the three countries signed a joint memorandum to provide full support against threats to each other's security.

Sky News also reports that the foreign ministers of Turkey, Sweden and Finland signed a memorandum on the membership of the two Nordic states in NATO.

"This is a trilateral accession agreement," a NATO source said. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is due to address reporters shortly.

 

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