During a trip to Sweden, which is also considering accession, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said that the decision on a candidacy will be taken “within a few weeks”.
Finland’s minister of European Affairs admitted that the country’s candidacy for NATO was “very likely” as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, an accession that Moscow has already warned could harm European security.
“It is very likely, but the decision has not yet been taken,” Tytti Tuppurainen told British station Sky News, days after Russian diplomacy warned that the eventual accession of Finland and Sweden to the alliance would have consequences for these two countries and would not contribute for security in Europe.
On Wednesday, during a trip to Sweden, which is also considering accession, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said that the decision on a candidacy would be taken “within a few weeks”, after a parliamentary debate on the Subject.
“The Finns seem to have made their decision and there is already a large majority in favor of joining NATO”, said Tytti Tuppurainen.
Population support for Finland’s membership of the Atlantic Alliance, a country that shares a border of around 1,300 kilometers with Russia, has remained stagnant in recent decades at around 20 to 25% but has nearly tripled recently, now standing above 60%, according to Agence France-Presse.
Recently, former Russian President and current “number two” of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, warned that if Finland or Sweden join the organization, Russia will bolster its military assets, including nuclear ones, in the Baltic Sea and nearby. from Scandinavia.
Russia already shares borders with five NATO members: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Poland.
The Moscow authorities consider NATO an existential threat and justified the invasion of Ukraine in order to stop the advance of NATO to the East, given that Kyiv wanted to join the Western military alliance.
Source: With Agencies