“ I welcome the joint statement by (Finnish) President (Sauli) Niinistö and Prime Minister (Sanna) Marin supporting the NATO membership application without delay,” Stoltenberg said in a message to the press, in which he emphasized that the doors of the military alliance “are open” to the country.
Stoltenberg emphasized that the choice of joining NATO is a “sovereign decision of Finland, which NATO fully respects”.“If Finland decides to apply for membership, it will be welcome to NATO, and the accession process will be smooth and fast”, the signed.
The Norwegian politician stressed that Finland is “one of the partners closest” to the alliance, as well as “a mature democracy, a member of the European Union and an important contributor to Euro-Atlantic security.”
“I agree with President Niinistö and Prime Minister Marin that NATO membership would strengthen the security of both NATO and Finland,” the Secretary-General said.
Niinistö and Marin this Thursday supported Finland’s accession to NATO , in a landmark decision that breaks more than eight decades of non-alignment.
Defense ministers from NATO countries will meet this weekend in Berlin to prepare the summit of alliance leaders, which will be held in Madrid at the end of June, and the possible accession of Finland could enter the agenda.
Russia had already threatened Finland India and other countries to give up any attempt to join NATO, something they had also tried to dissuade in Ukraine with their invasion of the country.
The alliance, in turn, has always argued that the decision to join it rests exclusively with the 12165621 members and to each interested country, and rejected any interference from Russia.
This Thursday, the Russian Defense Ministry reiterated the threats and pointed out that an eventual entry by Finland into the alliance “would force Russia to take retaliatory measures, both technically and military and other types, in order to stop the threats that would arise to their national security”, according to a statement reproduced by the state news agency RIA Novosti.
“Finland’s accession to NATO will create serious damage to Russian-Finnish bilateral relations and to the maintenance of stability and security in the North European region. North”, highlighted the folder.