May 25, 2024

May 25, 2024

We Won’t Hesitate To Join NATO If…’, Finland President, PM warns Russia

Finland’s president and the Prime Minister said, on Thursday, they were in favour of joining NATO and a formal decision would be taken this weekend, after Russia’s war in Ukraine sparked a swift u-turn in opinion.

 

“Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay,” President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said in a joint statement.

 

Niinisto has often served as a mediator between Russia and the West.

 

“NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defence alliance,” the statement said.

 

A special committee will announce Finland’s formal decision on a membership bid on Sunday, the statement added.

 

The two leaders had been widely expected to come out in favour of joining the Western military alliance.

 

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