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The Finns are one step away from joining NATO without Sweden: what will happen now between countries

Date: March 24, 2023 Time: 08:32:07

Finland’s parliament passed a law on the country’s NATO membership.

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Today, the Finnish Parliament Eduskunta adopted a law on the country’s membership in NATO. Of the two hundred deputies, 184 voted “for”, seven – “against”, one ballot paper remained empty, and another seven deputies were absent.

There are parliamentary elections in Finland in a month, so the current deputies decided to rule out a situation where Turkey or Hungary unhurriedly ratify Finland’s NATO membership. After all, it may happen that in Helsinki there will be no one to pass the corresponding law until a new body of deputies is formed. And there is such a possibility – the Hungarian State Assembly plans to vote in March. The Turkish Mejlis also announced its agreement to ratify Finland’s NATO membership in the near future.

However, the decision of the Finnish Parliament has a second background. President Sauli Niinistö must sign the law within three months. Thus, the final date is indicated, until which the Finns will be willing to wait for the Swedes for the much-publicized joint entry. If they are not ready, then Niinistö simply will not have a choice: a document that is not signed by him in time will be considered rejected. So, most likely, the Finns and the Swedes will part ways in NATO. Many in Helsinki fear that the breaking of this link will have a negative impact on relations between the two countries, and an invisible wall of mistrust will be erected…

But in June a fully visible fence will appear on the Finnish-Russian border. Trees are being felled around the checkpoint in the Imatra area to build the first three-kilometre section several meters high and with barbed wire on top. In total, it is planned to close 260 of the 1,300 km joint border in this way in three to four years to protect Finland from massive infiltrations from the East. Which, by the way, never happened. It is already clear that this obstacle is not effective and rather harmful, since it will negatively affect the migration of animals.

Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.
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