In a joint statement, Sauli Niinisto and Sanna Marin said: “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”.
It’s the first step in a process that could see Finland roll back decades of military non-alignment.
The announcement is expected to put pressure on Sweden, which is also considering applying to join the western military defence alliance. Finland shares a 1300 kilometre border with Russia. The mood in Finland has changed dramatically since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
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