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Finland confirms it will apply to join NATO despite Putin warning it would be a 'mistake'

Finland has said it will apply for NATO membership despite Russia’s warnings.

Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto stated that joining the military alliance will “maximise security” in his country following Russia’s invasion.

NATO Headquarters in Brussels will receive a formal application for membership next week.

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This is a historic moment. A new era begins,” Mr Niinisto said.

He said that the move provides him with “security of thought” and that membership is “hugely important” to the country.

“In the future I have described that Finland-Russian relations will change, and I’m certain Russians think in the same way, but there are daily questions where it is necessary to be able to cooperate,” said the president.

Finland shares a long border to Russia with Finland. However, Finland was once neutral.

Sweden’s ruling party indicated its support for the country applying to NATO. Magdalena Andersson, the Swedish Prime Minister, stated that they would be in a “very vulnerable” position if they were the only Baltic country not included in the group.

Yesterday, Vladimir Putin was informed by Mr Niinisto about his intentions. This prompted a warning by the Russian president, that abandoning neutrality would lead to a “mistake.

The leader of Finland told Putin that the invasion by Ukraine had altered the country’s security climate.

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According to the UK, Russia has lost ‘one-third’ of its ground troops since the invasion began.

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A similar move by Sweden is expected to follow Finland’s NATO membership bid.

After the announcement, Sanna Marin, Finland’s Prime Minister, stated that applications from both countries were “very important” for strengthening the Nordic region.

A 30-country alliance of military forces would be a setback to Putin, who began the war as a way to stop its easterly advance.

All countries in the alliance must defend one another if they are attacked.

This announcement was made at a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Berlin. There, the topic of the Ukraine war and the expansion of the alliance were discussed.

Image Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto are shown (L)

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Will the UK support Finland’s application?

At the meeting, Liz Truss, UK Foreign Secretary, stated that there was “strong support” for a more global NATO.

“We agreed at NATO this weekend that we must continue to support Ukraine’s victory and push Russia out. She said that Putin must suffer a prolonged defeat in Ukraine. Russia must be contained, and such aggression must not happen again.”

“NATO’s open door policy is vital and it is clear that if Finland or Sweden apply to join, it will strengthen the alliance as well as European security in general.”

Ms Truss stated earlier that the UK was “strongly supportive of” Sweden and Finland applying for membership.

Sky News’ Ed Arnold, a former British Army officer, said that joining NATO would be “very significant”, particularly in the context of European security.

He said that Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, had already signed joint declarations to ensure they were “secure in terms applying to NATO and the process of ratification which will take a few months”.

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What are the thoughts of other NATO members?

Turkey objected to the Nordic countries’ requests on Saturday. It claimed that both the Nordic countries are “openly supporting” and engaging with the Kurdish terrorist group PKK and the “terrorist organization” YPG.

NATO’s deputy secretary general Mircea Geoana stated that he is “confident” the alliance can address Turkey’s concerns, and welcomes all countries to seek “conditions for consensus to be met”.

He said that Finland and Sweden were already NATO’s closest partners. He also stated that he expected allies to be positive about their applications.

Jens Stoltenberg is NATO’s chief. He stated that the alliance would try to speed up the ratification process as much as possible and that the “plan” is to have a quicker process than what it has seen previously.

Annalena Baerbock, German foreign minister, stated that her country and others have made it very clear that they will speed up the formal signing process for Finland/Sweden.

She said, “If these two countries decide to join, they will be able to join very quickly.” “Sweden, Finland, if we’re available, we’re available.”

Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, stated that there is support from NATO members “almost across-the-board” for the two countries to become NATO members.

He said, “Everything’s being drafted as we speak.”

Denmark denies that Russia’s objections against Finland joining the alliance could prevent it from accepting new members.

He stated that “each and every European country has the fundamental right to choose their security arrangements.”

He said that NATO would also support other countries such as Georgia which he claimed are being “instrumentalized” by Russia.


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