NATO member Turkey lifted its veto of allowing membership for Finland and Sweden in the alliance on Tuesday.

“Our foreign ministers signed a trilateral memorandum which confirms that Turkey will … support the invitation of Finland and Sweden to become members of NATO,” said Finnish President Niinisto, reported Reuters.

The alliance, which is holding a summit in Madrid, wants to counter Russia’s growing threat marked by its invasion of Ukraine. U.S. President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the deal.

“We’re proving that NATO is more needed now than it ever has been,” tweeted Biden on Wednesday.

“We’ll approve a new NATO Strategic Concept, reaffirming the unity and capability of our Alliance to defend every inch of NATO territory,” he added.

Turkey had demanded that the Nordic countries stop supporting Kurdish militants in their country and lift the bans on some types of arms.

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