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Finland’s Social Democrats support NATO membership

This is a new step for Finland’s accession to NATO. The Finnish Social Democrats (SDP) have voted for their government to demand that the country join NATO, the newspaper Uusi Suomi reported on Saturday. The voting result was very weak: 53 votes in favour, five against and two abstentions.

The Finnish government is due to meet this Sunday to decide on the NATO membership application, a proposal that is later to be submitted to parliament. Prior to this meeting, it seemed likely that parliamentary groups were expressing their positions, including the Social Democrats, the party of Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin.

“I am grateful to the party council for their support,” Marin said at a press conference. In his opinion, the result of the vote shows that the SDP is a “democratic movement in which there is room for debate.”

Marin and President Sauli Niinistö expressed their position in a statement on Thursday, concluding that “joining NATO will strengthen Finland’s security.” “Finland should apply for NATO membership as a matter of urgency. We hope the steps [parlamentarios] still needed to reach this decision will be taken promptly in the coming days,” the president and prime minister said in a joint statement.

In addition to all this, this Saturday, according to Reuters, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, during a telephone conversation, informed Russian President Vladimir Putin about Helsinki’s plans to join NATO. For its part, the Kremlin has been warning for days that Finland’s entry into NATO is a threat to which it will respond, although it did not provide details on what that response would be.

For his part, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said ahead of the release of a telephone conversation between the Finnish and Russian leaders that Moscow would take appropriate precautions if NATO deployed additional nuclear forces and infrastructure near Russia. border.

“I have to answer […] taking appropriate preventive measures to ensure the effectiveness of deterrence,” Interfax reported, citing Grushko. He added that Moscow has no hostile intentions towards Finland and Sweden and sees no “real” reasons for these two countries to join the NATO alliance.

Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie said NATO must first reach a consensus on Sweden and Finland joining the alliance, but their entry must be quick, Reuters reported. “It is important that there is a consensus. We want not only the accession of Finland and Sweden, but a quick accession, which is necessary in circumstances where Finland and Sweden are looking for security guarantees,” Jolie said.


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