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Finland’s President and Prime Minister support NATO member countries

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At the NATO summit in June, two European countries, Finland and Sweden, will announce a formal decision to join the alliance.

Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin have issued a joint statement in support of NATO membership.

“Finland should apply for NATO without delay. We hope that the national measures still needed to make this decision will be swift in the next few days,” the statement said.

According to the statement, NATO accession will strengthen Finland’s security.

Finland and Sweden have begun to discuss the possibility of abandoning long-term neutral nations and joining NATO during Russia’s military operations in Ukraine. Jens Stoltenberg, head of the alliance, said in March that NATO would be happy to welcome Finland and Sweden and provide an opportunity to join the alliance quickly.

The United States expects Sweden to submit a formal application to become a full member of NATO by the end of June, but Finland may already decide to join this month.

Moscow then warned that it would respond by strengthening its military presence in the Baltic region, including the deployment of nuclear weapons.

https://sputniknews.com/20220512/finnish-president-supports-the-country-joining-nato-1095453146.html Finland’s President and Prime Minister support NATO member countries

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