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When will Finland join NATO?

The Finnish government has taken a historic step in a clear direction: its country may join NATO in a context marked by Russia’s war in Ukraine. Prime Minister announced this Sanna Marinand the president Sauli Niinistöwhich expect this process to complete “quickly”.

mode Vladimir Putin he quickly showed his disapproval of Alliance expansion. In fact, the Russian president, prior to the invasion, claimed that one of the reasons for the offensive was to prevent a military organization spread to the east. The script seems to have the opposite effect.

However, despite the Finnish leadership’s defense that the procedure should be carried out “immediately”, it has yet to be completed. negotiation period which can be extended until adhesion becomes effective.

it is an integration process

First, the coalition government and parliament (Eduskunta) must official request for integration. This decision is expected to be made next Monday 16 May. There is a broad consensus in the country’s political parties for the union.

For the merger to be effective, members of the Alliance can invite any European state provided that it is “in a position to contribute to the development of the principles” contained in its Treaty and contributes to security in the North Atlantic region.

This will launch dialogue process and, if successful, NATO will deploy a known Membership Action Plan (MAP) to offer assistance and that the future member make the necessary reforms, especially in terms of security, to meet the requirements.

Submit documents to the USA

The organization then develops a country-specific integration protocol. This plan must be ratified by all member stateswhich may impose specific requirements on the candidate. Finally, the applicant must pay a deposit in US Department of State required documents for admission.

It is difficult to specify a date at this time, as the completion of the process will depend on many factors and may even be extended. up to 20 years. For example, North Macedonia accessed the MAP in 1999. However, the actual entry was not made until 2020. However, the secretary general of the alliance, Jens Stoltenbergargued that in the case of Finland the process would be “smooth and fast”.


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