Ukraine - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:00 pm on 21 December 2022.

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Photo of Lord McDonald of Salford Lord McDonald of Salford Crossbench 3:00, 21 December 2022

My Lords, one of the many ways in which President Putin miscalculated his invasion of Ukraine was a failure to foresee its galvanising effect on NATO. Since the invasion, both Finland and Sweden have applied for NATO membership. By earlier this month, all allies, apart from Turkey and Hungary, had ratified the new memberships. Hungary has said that it will ratify them by the end of the year, but Turkey is still in play. Can the Minister say what His Majesty Government’s latest assessment is of the prospects of early Turkish ratification of that very important enlargement?