It’s a matter of a few days. The President and Prime Minister of Finland declared themselves in favor Thursday of the Nordic country’s “immediate” accession to NATO, announcing a press conference on the Nordic country’s decision for Sunday.

Strengthen your security

“Being a member of NATO would strengthen Finland’s security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the alliance as a whole. Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay,” said President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin in a joint statement.

A press conference of the executive tandem on “decisions concerning Finland’s security policy” is scheduled for Sunday, the presidency said. “We hope that the national steps still necessary for this decision will be taken quickly in the next few days,” said Mr. Niinistö.

A real swing

The official position of the executive marks the rocking of the Finnish line, which shares a border of 1,300 kilometers with Russia and a painful past with its powerful neighbor.

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia on January 24 quickly swung opinion and political leaders in Finland, just like in Sweden, which could also quickly announce a candidacy. In Finland, 5.5 million inhabitants, 76% of the population is now in favor of membership, according to a poll published on Monday, ie triple its pre-war level.


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