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French parliament backs accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO

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The French National Assembly voted on Tuesday to ratify Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO following the two countries’ historic decision to renounce their neutrality during the war in Ukraine. All 30 NATO member states must formally ratify the measure before Sweden and Finland can enjoy the full protection of Article 5 of the NATO Charter in the event of an attack. Follow FRANCE 24’s live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).

2:05 a.m.: US Senate votes Wednesday on Finland and Sweden joining NATO

The US Senate will vote on Wednesday to approve Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced on Tuesday.

Schumer said the debate will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET (1730 GMT).

01.35am: French parliament ratifies Sweden and Finland joining NATO

The French National Assembly voted on Tuesday to ratify Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO after the two countries’ historic decision to renounce their neutrality. The measure was passed by 209 votes to 46.

France joins “twenty allies” who “have already ratified the protocols,” French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said.

All thirty NATO member states must formally ratify the measure before Sweden and Finland can enjoy the full protection of Article 5 of the NATO Charter in the event of an attack. Meanwhile, Turkey threatens to “freeze” the process, accusing the two Scandinavian countries of aiding the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its allies, which Ankara considers terrorist organizations.

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