Finnish President Niiniste says the country has officially decided to join NATO
Finnish President Sauli Niiniste said the country has officially decided to join NATO and apply for membership. The president’s press service is broadcasting his speech.
On May 14, a telephone conversation took place between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Sauli Niiniste. The Russian leader warned his colleague that Finland’s rejection of the policy of military neutrality would be wrong, since there are no threats to the country’s security. The head of state also noted that a change in Finland’s foreign policy could have a negative impact on relations with Russia.
On May 13, it became known that Finland will apply to join the North Atlantic Alliance next week, if approved by parliament. Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto also added that Finland is ready for any situation in the border area with Russia.
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