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Finland supports “immediate” NATO membership | War in Ukraine

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NATO would strengthen Finland’s security. As a member of theNATO, Finland would strengthen the alliance as a whole. Finland must be a candidate for membership of theNATO without delay”,”text”:”NATO membership would enhance Finland’s security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the alliance as a whole. Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay”}}”>Be a member ofNATO would strengthen Finland’s security. As a member of theNATO, Finland would strengthen the alliance as a whole. Finland must be a candidate for membership of theNATO without delaysaid President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin in a joint statement.

A press conference by the executive tandem on the decisions regarding Finland’s security policy is scheduled for Sunday, indicates the presidency.

We hope that the national steps still necessary for this decision will be taken quickly in the next few days.indicated Mr. Niinistö, regular interlocutor of Vladimir Poutine these last years, and Sanna Marin, youngest Prime Minister of Europe.

Sanna Marin addresses the media at a press conference.

Finland’s Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, believes that her country should be a candidate to join NATO without delay. The explanations of Anyck Béraud.

Photo: Reuters

This accession of Finland to theNATO would certainly a threat to Russia, reacted the spokesman of the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, during a press conference.

The enlargement of theNATO and bringing the Alliance closer to our borders does not make the world and our continent more stable and secure. »

A quote from Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman

Russia’s response will depend the practical fallout from this process, the advance of military infrastructure towards our bordershe added. All this will constitute the elements of a specific analysis and for the elaboration of the necessary measures in order to balance the situation.

The general secretary of theNATOthe Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg, welcomed Thursday the will of the Finnish leaders to integrate the Atlantic Alliance.

NATO and the accession process would go smoothly and quickly”,”text”:”This is a sovereign decision of Finland […] If Finland decided to apply, it would be warmly welcomed into NATO and the membership process would go smoothly and quickly”}}”>This is a sovereign decision of Finland […] Should Finland decide to apply, they would be warmly welcomed into theNATO and the accession process would go smoothly and quicklyhe assured in a statement.

A historic decision

The official position of the executive marks the rocking of the Finnish line, which shares a border of 1300 kilometers with Russia and a painful past with its powerful neighbor.

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia on February 24 quickly swung opinion and political leaders in Finland, just like in Sweden, which could also quickly announce a candidacy.

No less than 76% of the 5.5 million Finns are now in favor of membership, according to a poll published on Monday, which is triple its pre-war level.

A very large majority of the 200 deputies in Parliament has been won, with opponents falling to around ten, and most parties are now in favor. The social democratic party of Sanna Marin must take a position last this Saturday.

Sauli Niinistö speaks at a press conference.

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö at a press conference on Wednesday.

Photo: Associated Press/Frank Augstein

Joining NATO would not be against anyonesaid the Finnish president on Wednesday evening, in response to Russian warnings against Helsinki entering the alliance.

For the Finnish head of state, long an advocate of East-West dialogue, Russia can only blame itself for seeing its neighbor join the alliance.

If we join [à l’OTAN]my answer [à la Russie] would be, “You did this, look in the mirror.” »

A quote from Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland

On Wednesday, the Finnish Parliament’s Defense Committee concluded that theNATO was the best option for the security of the country after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Subjected to a form of forced neutrality by Moscow during the Cold War, Finland, a former Russian province (1809-1917) and invaded by the Soviet Union in 1939, had joined the European Union and the Partnership for Peace of the ‘NATO after the fall of the Soviet Union, but remained a non-member of the alliance.

While conducting important domestic and international consultations, President Niinistö and Prime Minister Marin had so far refrained from publicly expressing their preference in this dossier.

If President Niinistö, who is perhaps the most influential opinion leader in the country, had made his choice known earlier, it could have stifled the debate.Iro Särkkä, professor of political science at the University of Helsinki, told AFP.

The formal decision on membership is to be taken by a Council on Security and Foreign Policy, bringing together the head of state, the prime minister and several ministers.

Worried about Russia’s reaction to their likely applications to join theNATOSweden and Finland have already sought to obtain assurances of protection during the months necessary for their formal entry into the Atlantic Alliance.

During a visit by Boris Johnson to the two countries on Wednesday, the United Kingdom signed declarations of mutual protection with Sweden as well as with Finland.

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