Finland’s parliament on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed its bid to join NATO, the assembly’s speaker said.
Approval of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s treaties and Finland’s accession passed with 184 members of the 200-seat parliament voting in favour, seven against and one abstaining.
In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a year ago, Finland last May applied to join NATO, having until now relied solely on its own armed forces to defend the 800 mile border it shares with Russia.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his country is ready to accept Finland into NATO but accuses Sweden of harbouring people he considers members of terrorist groups.
Sweden is also still awaiting approval from Hungary, whose parliament began debating the ratifications on Wednesday and could hold a vote this month.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg last week said he aimed to have both Nordic countries as members in time for a summit scheduled for July.