Finland will apply for NATO membership, says President Sauli Niinisto

STOCKHOLM: Finland will apply to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, President Sauli Niinisto announced on Sunday at a press confer...


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Finland will apply to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, President Sauli Niinisto announced on Sunday at a press conference in Helsinki.

"Today the President and the Foreign and Security Policy Committee decided that Finland will apply for NATO membership," he said.

In turn, Prime Minister Sanna Marin noted that now the government will submit its opinion to the Parliament.

On Monday, the decision to join the alliance will be discussed and, as expected, approved by the highest legislative body of the country.

Finland may apply to join NATO on Wednesday, May 18, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

"Our permanent representative to NATO in Brussels will do this [apply] possibly on Wednesday. If talks with NATO begin, they will be taken care of by a delegation led by the foreign minister and the defense minister," he said.

On May 16, Finland’s parliament will hold debates on the prospects of the country’s accession to NATO. According to a joint statement by Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin published on May 12, Finland should apply for NATO membership as soon as possible. The formal decision on the application is expected to be made on Sunday, May 15.

In early April, the discussion of Finland’s possible NATO membership intensified. The main members of the alliance supported this initiative. In Finland, the majority of the members of the parliament upheld the idea of joining the bloc. The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that Moscow would have to undertake military-technical steps to counteract threats to its national security.

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