Finland’s president and prime minister said their country supports the application to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), paving the way for the expansion of the NATO alliance amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

This announcement by President Souli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin means that Finland has now fully made up its mind to join NATO. However, some action is yet to be taken before the commencement of the application process. The decision could be worrying for Russia, which has been opposed to NATO’s expansion to the east. Neighboring Sweden may also decide on joining NATO in the coming days. “Now that the time has come to make a decision, we are sharing our similar views to inform parliamentary groups and political parties,” Niinisto and Marine said.

As a member of NATO, Finland will strengthen the entire defense alliance, he said. Finland should apply for NATO membership without delay. “We expect that necessary action to bring this decision to an end will be completed at the earliest in the coming days,” the statement said.

If Finland joins NATO, the NATO border with Russia will more than double. Putin opposes this changing security equation in Europe. Last year, Ukraine also expressed its desire to join NATO, which resulted in a war after a long tension.

After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the public in Finland and Sweden came overnight in support of NATO membership. Both countries have been close allies of NATO for the past three decades, despite official non-alignment. PLC&GT

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