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Slovenia ratifies the protocol for Finland and Sweden’s accession to NATO

On Thursday, the National Assembly ratified the NATO accession protocols for Sweden and Finland. Before the vote, MPs were addressed by Prime Minister Robert Golob, who recalled the historic nature of the moment and the right of nations to decide on their own security and defence.

"When you make your decisions today, keep the Finns and Swedes in your mind. Both countries’ accession to NATO is the consequence of Russia’s aggression. We need to be aware that we are facing consequences rather than causes. Just as the consequences of the war are visible in terms of security for all non-NATO members, we, as NATO members can feel them in all other areas. They can be felt in food and energy security, and they are also felt in terms of costliness. They are felt by Europe as a whole."