In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto, who is primarily responsible for the country’s foreign policy, has been instrumental in helping to coordinate the country’s shift away from its long-standing policy of military neutrality.
The news was something that a lot of people were anticipating. The proportion of Finns who support their country joining NATO has increased dramatically over the past six months, rising from approximately 20 percent to nearly 80 percent. This increase is especially significant if Sweden, Finland’s strategic partner who is also militarily nonaligned, also joins NATO.
Even while the discussion in Sweden isn’t as far along as it is in Finland, the country is nevertheless going in the direction of applying to join NATO at the same time as Finland, maybe as soon as the next week.
Mr. Niinisto and the Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, stated in a joint statement that they agreed that “NATO membership would boost Finland’s security.”
In addition, they said that “the whole defence alliance would be strengthened” if Finland became a member of NATO.
Now that their ideas have been finalised, the political parties in Parliament will prepare for a discussion and vote in the chamber, which is scheduled to take place on Monday.