Finland’s Leaders Back NATO Membership

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced their support for Finland’s potential NATO membership.

Finland shares a 1,340 km border with Russia and has a decades-long history of neutrality.

“NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defense alliance. Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay,” said Niinistö and Marin in a joint statement.

According to NATO officials, accession protocols for Finland might be signed during the Madrid summit which will be held from June 28 to 29, provided the formal applications arrive on NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg’s desk by the end of May.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, commended Finland’s decision to join NATO, “Denmark will of course warmly welcome Finland to NATO,” and added that Denmark will also “Do everything for a quick accession process after the formal application.”

Niinistò and Marin also “Hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days.”

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