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Application for admission should come: Finland wants to become a member of NATO – politics

Finland wants to join NATO. Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced in Helsinki on Sunday that the country will apply to be included in the military alliance. The Finnish parliament has yet to approve the move, a majority is considered safe.

Federal Secretary of State Annalena Baerbock (Greens) has given Sweden and Finland the prospect of a quick NATO accession. Germany would ratify the two countries’ entry into the alliance “very, very quickly,” Baerbock said Sunday morning outside of informal consultations with his NATO counterparts in Berlin. The federal government has already held talks with “all democratic parties.”

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Numerous other NATO countries have also promised a speedy ratification process, Baerbock said. He stressed that there should be no “hanging” after Sweden and Finland apply for membership.

“NATO is an alliance that focuses on defense and will always be so,” Baerbock said. “But it is also an open-ended alliance, which is why we welcome Finland and Sweden if their parliaments, if their societies, decide to do so.”

He certified that Russian President Vladimir Putin had “pushed” Sweden and Finland into NATO with their war of aggression against Ukraine.

Complaints inside and outside NATO

The Finnish government recently announced that it intends to apply for NATO membership. Sweden also wants to decide a similar step soon. In both countries, parliaments must first approve applications for membership. Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde and Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto are invited to informal consultations with NATO ministers in Berlin.

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After decades of military alliance neutrality, the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO would be a turning point for both countries. In particular, Russia responded to the announcement of its neighbor Finland with criticism and threats. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia would “definitely” see Finland’s accession to NATO as a threat.

Within the alliance, Turkey had expressed reservations about the accession of the two Nordic countries. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused them of being close to Kurdish extremists. (AFP)

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