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Finland will apply to join NATO

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto. (Photo: AP)

Joint Statement of the President and Prime Minister Finland stating, Finland needs to apply join NATO right away. NATO membership will strengthen Finland’s security, and Finland will also strengthen this defensive alliance.

In an earlier press conference, the Finnish President affirmed that joining NATO is not against anyone.

Finland has gradually increased cooperation as a NATO partner since 2014.

Before Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine, Finland still advocated not joining NATO to maintain friendly relations with this eastern neighbor.

However, in a joint statement on May 12, the President and Prime Minister of Finland jointly affirmed that the country should not delay but must quickly apply to join NATO.

Finnish leaders hope to be able to take the necessary steps to make a decision in the next few days.

The latest public opinion poll by YLE television shows that the percentage of Finnish people in favor of joining NATO is 76% and against 12%.

For many years before the poisoning occurred conflict in Ukrainethe percentage of Finnish people in favor of joining NATO is about 25%.

Finland’s rapid turnaround is believed to have influenced neighboring Sweden’s decision to apply to join NATO.

Finland shares a border of more than 1,300 km with Russia.

Reacting to the decision, the Kremlin spokesman said that Finland’s membership of NATO would certainly pose a threat to Russia’s security and Moscow would analyze the consequences of this step.

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