The Secretary General of the alliance said that the summit will outline a “way forward” for the next decade.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the June summit in Madrid will provide a “historic” opportunity to strengthen the alliance in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Speaking at a gala event in Madrid on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Spain’s accession to NATO, Stoltenberg said that he was looking forward to welcoming Sweden and Finland to the summit, which will be held on June 29-30.

“At the Madrid summit, we will outline the way forward for the next decade,” he said. “We will also be joined by Finland and Sweden, which have just submitted historic applications to join our alliance.”

At the same time, the NATO Secretary General did not touch on the topic of Turkey’s unwillingness to open the doors of the alliance to Sweden and Finland.