The neutral military status of Finland will soon be over after Finnish leaders announced Thursday that they plan to go forward with their plans to join NATO.
“During this spring, an important discussion on Finland’s possible NATO membership has taken place; Time has been needed to let Parliament and the whole society establish their stands on the matter. Time has been needed for close international contacts with NATO and its member countries, as well as with Sweden. We have wanted to give the discussion the space it required,” Finnish President and Prime Minister said in a joint statement.
“Now that the moment of decision-making is near, we state our equal views, also for information to the parliamentary groups and parties.”
The statement added: “NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defense alliance. Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay. We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days.”