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Consensus in Finland: government gives go-ahead to NATO access request

Finland resolutely responds to the termination of electricity supplies from Russia. Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and the Finnish government officially approved this Sunday your country’s application for NATO membership, which is expected to be ratified by the Eduskunta (parliament) next week. This was stated by Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin, whose intention “maximize” your security options after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Today is a historic day, a new era is opening. A secure Finland is born as part of a stable northern region, strong and aware of its responsibilities,” Niinistö said at a press conference with the Prime Minister after the meeting. . Niinistö called the process of integration into NATO “test of the strength of democracy“, which was supported by the majority of citizens, political parties and deputies of the Parliament.

“Finland is going to beef up its security as much as possible, and that doesn’t hurt anyone,” the president said, referring to neighboring Russia, which sees Finland’s entry into NATO as a threat. The historic decision, taken after the President’s meeting with the Foreign Affairs and Security Committee of the Finnish government, represents a 180-degree turn in the Scandinavian country’s traditional foreign policy and ends almost eight decades of military non-alignment. Finland links this radical change to the new European security environment, arose after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.and Moscow’s repeated threats to try to stop NATO’s expansion to its borders.

The decision to apply for NATO membership must still to be ratified by Eduskunta (Parliament), probably next week, although it is expected to receive widespread support given the large consensus that exists between political parties. All formations with parliamentary representation were in favor of joiningwith the exception of the Alliance of Left Minorities, which has yet to make a statement, so the candidacy is expected to win an overwhelming majority in the Eduskunt.

From there will correspond to 30 NATO member countries unanimously accept the entry of Finland, likely to be joined by neighboring Sweden, which is also completing the application process these days. Ratification of the accession of Finland and Sweden by all member states of the Alliance, a process that can take several monthsUntil a few days ago, this seemed like a simple procedure, given the huge internal support. However, it may be complicated by the possible refusal of Turkey, whose President Recep Tayyip Erdogan proved himself in this Friday is very critical of the accession of the two Scandinavian countrieswhom he accuses of harboring Kurdish “terrorists”.


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