President Sauli Niinistö of Finland.
Frank Augustine | Reuters
Finland will apply for NATO membership in the historic movement of the Nordic countries, which have adopted decades of military neutrality, the country’s president said on Sunday.
In a press conference with Prime Minister Sanna Marin, President Sauli Niinistö said that NATO accession would “maximize” Finland’s security after Russia’s unprecedented invasion of Ukraine in February.
“We have reached an important decision today,” Marin added, adding that it is “based on a strong mission.”
“I hope Congress will confirm the decision to apply for NATO membership in the next few days,” she added. A formal application will be submitted next week.
Mr Marin said Finland is in close contact with NATO and its members regarding this decision. Last week, Marin and Niinistö said the country should apply to join NATO “without delay.”
Finland shares an 830 mile border with Russia. If it joins the military alliance, Russia will almost double the borders it shares with NATO’s territory.
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Finland applies for NATO membership, says the president
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