NATO – Turkey ratifies Finland’s membership (Mar. 30, 2023)
France welcomes the Turkish Parliament’s ratification of Finland’s NATO membership yesterday. This is the 30th and final ratification by the Allies, and it opens the door to Finland’s formal membership in the Alliance.
France now expects Turkey and Hungary to immediately move forward with the ratification of Sweden’s NATO bid so that the organization can welcome two new allies at the Vilnius summit in July 2023.
Sweden and Finland have strong military capabilities that are interoperable with NATO. Their membership will contribute significantly to Euro-Atlantic security and to strengthening the Atlantic Alliance to the benefit of all of its members.
Cyber security – Fight against the proliferation of spyware sales
France supports the Joint Statement on Efforts to Counter the Proliferation and Misuse of Commercial Spyware adopted at the Summit for Democracy, whose second edition was held on March 29-30. These efforts are consistent with the implementation of the 2022 National Strategic Review, in which France pledged to issue proposals to regulate the sale and combat the proliferation of cyber weapons. In addition, as announced in the bilateral statement published after the 36th Franco-British Summit on March 10, France and the United Kingdom will pursue a joint initiative to step up international efforts to tackle the threat represented by the sale of certain offensive cyber solutions, including commercial spyware software. This initiative will bring together government representatives, industry and civil society to foster better understanding of this growing problem and to develop an appropriate international response.