Earlier, Vladimir Putin said that Finland's rejection of the traditional policy of neutrality and the country's entry into NATO would be a mistake, since there are no threats to the security of Helsinki
Sanna Marin and Sauli Niinistö
The government of Finland has officially decided to join the North Atlantic Alliance ( NATO). This was announced by President Sauli Niinistöy and Prime Minister Sanna Marin at a joint press conference.
“Finland will apply for membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) after consultations with Parliament,” Niinistö said. The consultation will take place on Monday.
Earlier, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said that the country's permanent representative to NATO in Brussels is likely to apply to join the alliance on Wednesday, May 18. After that, in the event that negotiations with NATO begin, they will be led by Haavisto himself and the Minister of Defense of Finland.
The day before, Niinistös had a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. During the conversation, Niinistö warned the Russian leader that the country had made the final decision to join the alliance. The decision of Helsinki was also influenced by “Russia's massive invasion of Ukraine in February 2022,” he added.
Putin said that Finland's rejection of the traditional policy of neutrality and the country's entry into NATO would be a mistake, since there are no threats to the security of Helsinki. “Such a change in the country's foreign policy may have a negative impact on Russian-Finnish relations, which have been built in the spirit of good neighborliness for many years,” — according to a message on the Kremlin website.
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On May 12, Niinistöy Marin, in a joint statement, stressed the need to apply for membership in the North Atlantic Alliance. Similar plans are being considered by Sweden, which, like Finland, has the status of a state— partner of NATO.
The next day, Putin held a meeting of the Security Council, where they discussed possible risks in connection with the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier that Moscow views such a scenario as a threat and Russia's actions will depend on how the “expansion process” is expressed. and how the military infrastructure of the alliance will move.
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