BusinessFinland will apply for NATO membership, president says

Finland will apply for NATO membership, president says

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.

Frank Augstein | Reuters

Finland will apply for membership of NATO, the country’s president said Sunday, in a historic move for the Nordic country, which has had a decades-long policy of military neutrality.

In a press conference alongside Prime Minister Sanna Marin, President Sauli Niinisto said membership of NATO will “maximize” Finland’s security after Russia’s unprecedented invasion of Ukraine in February.

“We have reached today an important decision,” Marin said, adding that it is “based on a strong mandate.”

“We hope that the parliament will confirm the decision to apply for NATO membership during the coming days,” she added.

She said Finland had been in close contact with NATO and its members over the decision.

It comes after the pair last week said the country should apply to join NATO “without delay.”

Finland shares an 830-mile border with Russia; if it joins the military alliance, the land border that Russia shares with NATO territories would roughly double.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated shortly.

Original Source Link


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness Heading For $62 Million Second Weekend

"Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" is more proof positive that it is possible for theaters to...

Bitcoin Ends The Financial Dark Ages

During the Middle Ages, a group of men tried to turn base metals into gold; they were known...

Have US retail sales been hit by stubbornly high inflation?

Did US retail sales continue to grow in April?US retail sales are expected to have grown last month,...

The NSA Swears It Has ‘No Backdoors’ in Next-Gen Encryption

A group of human rights lawyers and investigators called on the Hague this week to bring what would...

Could ‘superbugs’ drive the next pandemic?

There's up to a 57% chance that another pandemic of COVID-19 proportions will occur in within the next...

Must Read

- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you