The President of Finland, Sauli Niinisto, confirmed this Sunday that Finland will submit an application to join NATO. The Finnish parliament is expected to approve this decision in the coming days.
“It’s a historic day. A new era has begun,” the President said at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Sanna Marin.
“A protected Finland is being born, as part of a stable, strong, and responsible Nordic region. We gain security and we also share it. It’s good to keep in mind that security is not a zero-sum game.”
Russia has expressed its displeasure at the intention of Finland, with which it shares a border of about 1340 kilometers. On Saturday, in a phone call between Niinisto and the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin said that the end of Finnish military neutrality was “a mistake”.
“Such a change in the country’s political orientation could have a negative impact on Russian-Finnish relations, which have developed for years in the spirit of good neighborliness and cooperation between partners, being mutually beneficial,” the Kremlin said in a statement.
The President and the Ministerial Committee agreed that Finland would apply for membership in NATO after the Parliament has been heard.
The report on Finland’s accession to NATO will proceed to Parliament once the government has endorsed it.
— Finnish Government (@FinGovernment) May 15, 2022
Source: With Agencies