Finland’s NATO membership

May 12 -“During this spring, an important discussion on Finland’s possible NATO membership has taken place. Time has been needed to let Parliament and the whole society establish their stands on the matter. Time has been needed for close international contacts with NATO and its member countries, as well as with Sweden. We have wanted to give the discussion the space it required.
Now that the moment of decision-making is near, we state our equal views, also for information to the parliamentary groups and parties. NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defence alliance. Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay. We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days.” stated the press release published by the President of the Republic and Prime Minister of Finland.
Marin’s Social Democratic Party is expected to announce its position on Saturday.
The next steps now include the president and ministerial committee on foreign and security policymaking the formal decision to apply and presenting it formally to the Finish parliament, which will discuss and vote on the proposal.
If the Finnish parliament responds positively, Finland might formally request membership in NATO as early as next week.
After that, it must be supported by all 30 present NATO members.

View Statement  here

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