Later that day, the report was submitted to Parliament after being approved by the government’s plenary session.
Prior to Saturday’s meeting, President Sauli Niinistö called Russian President Vladimir Putin informing him that Finland would apply for membership. Putin’s reaction surprised Niinistö.
Putin’s tone was mild.
“His reaction was exactly what we expected. President Putin said he thought it was a mistake. There is nothing to threaten you,” said President Niinistö.
President Niinistö is based on his view that he will join NATO, in particular, based on the changes in Finland’s security environment due to the attacks on Russia’s eastern neighbor Ukraine. The other is sovereignty. The problem changed when President Niinistö heard at the end of last year that Russia demanded that NATO not allow NATO to accept new members.
Prior to that, Finland’s decision on nonalignment was based on free will.
President Niinistö also pointed out that security is not a zero-sum game. “When improving and maximizing Finland’s security, it is inseparable from anyone else. It will improve overall security.”
Prime Minister Marin said he wanted to avoid the possibility of war, and that NATO would provide the security necessary for its countermeasures when considering worst-case scenarios such as nuclear threats.
She called the possibility of becoming a member “an act of peace in Finland where another war would occur.” “We had a war with Russia, and we do not want such a future for ourselves, for our children.”
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