Finland announces it will apply for NATO membership. Sweden to apply next week. Russia brings up again the nuclear war threat

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Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin today gave the green light for Finland’s accession to NATO, a major change in security policy in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Finland’s request is likely to be followed by that of Sweden, with the two countries joining the North Atlantic alliance, despite repeated warnings from Russia.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said in a joint statement that Finland “must apply for NATO membership without delay” and expressed hope that the necessary political steps at the national level will be taken in the coming days.

“An important debate has taken place this spring on the possibility of Finland’s accession to NATO. It took time for parliament and society as a whole to establish their position on this issue. It took time for international contacts with NATO and its member states, as well as with Sweden. We wanted to allocate the space to this debate. Now that the time for decision-making is approaching, we declare our views identical, to inform parliamentary groups and parties. NATO membership will strengthen Finland’s security. As a NATO member, Finland will strengthen its entire defensive alliance. Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay. We hope that the national steps necessary for this decision will be taken quickly, in the coming days“, says in the joint statement sent by the president Sauli Niinisto and the prime minister Sanna Marin.

Finland, which has a 1,300-kilometer border and a difficult past with Russia, has gradually stepped up cooperation with NATO after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. But so far it has refrained from joining the North Atlantic Alliance to maintain relations. friendly but its eastern neighbor.

Klaus Iohannis: Romania is ready to support Finland in the NATO accession process

Romania will support Finland in the process of joining NATO, President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday in a message posted on Twitter, after the Finnish head of state and the country’s prime minister gave the green light for joining the North Atlantic Alliance. The Romanian hailed Finland’s announcement in a Twitter post.

 

Sweden gets ready to apply next week

The Swedish government also plans to apply for NATO membership next week, following the example of its neighbor, Finland, which has rewritten its security policy since World War II following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the daily Expressen reported on Thursday, as quoted by Reuters.

Sweden’s parliament will discuss the security situation on Monday, and Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson will then convene a special cabinet meeting at which the official decision to submit the application will be made, Expressen said, citing anonymous sources. A request will be sent immediately afterwards, assuming that nothing unexpected appears, the sources told the quoted newspaper. A revision of Swedish security policy, involving all parties, is due to be presented tomorrow, and the ruling Social Democrats are still debating whether to change the policy and support an application for membership. The party is due to make a decision on Sunday.

Russia threatens with the nuclear war again

Following Finland’s announcement that it will demand NATO membership, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the current vice-president of the Security Council, has once again threatened the West with a “nuclear war”. Medvedev wrote a message on the Telegram, according to The Guardian, in which he said there was a “risk” of a “normal nuclear war.”

“In the context of the proxy war that Western countries have waged with Russia, I want to articulate once again very clearly things that are already so obvious to all reasonable people. Ukraine’s pumping of weapons, the training of its troops by NATO countries to use Western equipment, the sending of mercenaries, and the conduct of exercises by Alliance countries near our borders increase the likelihood of a direct and open conflict between NATO and Russia”, Medvedev stated.

The former Russian President and a close ally of Vladimir Putin says that “such a conflict always risks turning into a full-fledged nuclear war.” “This will be a catastrophic scenario for everyone,” Medvedev threatened.

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