Helsinki.- leader of finland said on Thursday that they are in favor of requesting an early NATO membershippaves the way for a historic expansion of the alliance that could deal a colossal blow Russia While his army fights his war in Ukraine.
Finland’s dramatic move was initiated by President Souli Ninisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin. This means that it is almost certain that Finland joins NATOHowever, there are few steps left before you start the application process. Neighboring Sweden is expected to make a decision to join NATO in the coming days.
,membership in NATO will strengthen the security Finland, As a member of NATO, Finland will strengthen the entire defense alliance,” Niinisto and Marin said in a joint statement. “Finland should apply to join NATO without delay. We hope that the national steps needed to take this decision will be taken soon in the coming days.”
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Kremlin Responding to the development a few hours later, said that the decision Finland to be involved in otani It will not help stability and security in Europe. Finland shares a 1,340-kilometre (830 mi) land border with Russia.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia’s response to the move would depend on the specific steps taken by the government. otani To bring its infrastructure closer to the Russian borders. he noted that Russian President Vladimir PutinThe U.S. had already ordered measures to strengthen the country’s security in the West in response to NATO’s closer expansion of Russian territory.
Earlier, the Kremlin had warned of “political and military repercussions” if Sweden and Finland decides to join NATO, If they do apply, there will be an interim period when the application is submitted until it is ratified by the 30 NATO members’ parliaments.
In NATO member Estonia, which also shares borders with Russia, Prime Minister Kaja Kailas tweeted that “our neighbors in the north are making history.” He pledged to support a “rapid accession process”. Finland to NATO,
announcement of Finland This came a day after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Finland and Sweden to sign a military cooperation agreement.
Britain on Wednesday pledged to come to the aid of Sweden and Finland If two Nordic countries are attacked.
during a joint press conference with johnson y ninisto en helsinki, Finnish head of state said Moscow only blames itself if a country of 5.5 million people becomes its member otani,
On Thursday, Niinisto tweeted that he spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about Finland’s strong support for Ukraine and the country’s intention to join NATO. Niinisto said Zelensky “expressed his full support.”
In 2017, Sweden and Finland They joined the British-led Joint Operations Force, which is designed to be more resilient and respond faster than the larger NATO alliance. It uses NATO standards and doctrine, so it can work in conjunction with NATO, the United Nations or other multinational alliances.
Fully operational since 2018, the force has independently and collaboratively conducted a series of exercises otani,
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If Finland becomes a member otaniThis would mean the biggest change in the Nordic country’s security and defense policy since World War II, when it fought two losing wars against the Soviet Union. with Sweden, Finland It joined the European Union in 1995 and has the longest border with Russia among the bloc’s 27 members.
Finland calls for NATO membership without delay