“Finland must apply for NATO membership immediately,” the president and prime minister said in a joint statement. “We hope that the steps still needed for this decision in our country will be taken quickly in the next few days,” they said, adding that membership in the North Atlantic Alliance would strengthen Finland’s security.
According to them, Finnish membership will also strengthen the entire alliance. “Denmark warmly welcomes Finland to NATO. It will strengthen NATO and our common security, “agrees Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. According to her, Denmark will push for the rapid accession of Finland.
After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Finland and Sweden are reconsidering their current neutrality. Support for this step in both countries has increased significantly since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine.
According to the latest survey, 76 percent of Finns are in favor of joining NATO and only 12 percent are against. Before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, support was usually only 25 percent. Finland has its unfortunate historical experience with the Russian invasion, the current invasion evokes memories of the winter war with the Soviet Union in 1939 and another conflict with the USSR from 1941 to 1944.
Security agreement with Britain
The two countries have also concluded a security agreement with Britain. “We strongly and unequivocally support Sweden and Finland, and the signing of these security statements is a symbol of lasting guarantees among our nations,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a statement before signing the document with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson.
Blade The Times notes that Johnson is the first Western leader to formally commit to the military support of both countries known for their emphasis on neutrality. According to Britain, he is “very seriously” considering using nuclear weapons to defend both countries.
“Whether in the event of a catastrophe or a military attack, we say today that at the request of the other party, we would come to her aid,” he told a joint news conference. “(Russian President Vladimir) Putin thought he could divide us, but he did the exact opposite. We stand here more united today than ever before, “said Andersson. According to London, both politicians agreed that relations with Putin could never return to normal.
Following a meeting with Johnson, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö expressed the belief that the agreement would dramatically increase Finnish security. If necessary, Helsinki also promises to help London.
Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Sweden and Finland are reconsidering their current neutrality and should soon decide whether to apply to join the North Atlantic Alliance. Support for this step in both countries has increased significantly since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine.
At the end of April, the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, said that if Finland and Sweden applied to join the alliance, they would be welcome and their adoption would be swift. Moscow, on the other hand, warned of “military and political consequences.”
The Finnish president refused that his country’s possible entry into NATO would be directed against another state. Asked about the risks of Finland joining the alliance, he replied that he would tell Putin that he had caused it, so let him look in the mirror. Johnson then said that the alliance is defensive and does not pose a danger to anyone.