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Finnish President, Prime Minister, calls on country to apply for NATO membership ‘without waiting’

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The president and prime minister of Finland, a country on Russia’s border, issued a statement in support of a proposal to join the North American Treaty Organization (NATO) on Friday between the anger of the Kremlin in eastern Europe, especially in Ukraine.

“NATO membership will strengthen Finland’s security,” President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said in a joint statement. “As a member of NATO, Finland will strengthen the entire defense system.”

They call on the country to start immediately.

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“Finland should apply for NATO membership without waiting,” the leaders added. “We hope that government steps will be taken to make this decision as soon as possible in the coming days.”

Finnish President Sauli Niinistö (R) and Prime Minister Sanna Marin spoke at a news conference about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in Helsinki, Finland, on February 24, 2022.
(Photo by MARKKU ULANDER/Lehtikuva/AFP via Getty Images)

In a statement, Niinistö and Marin noted that the country had entered into a “serious discussion” regarding NATO membership, because “it was time to agree that Parliament and the whole community should establish their positions on it. ” The country has been slow to develop “international relations with NATO and its member states, and Sweden.”

The word comes a day after the United Kingdom signed its defense agreements with Sweden and Finland.

“Today we have made history by signing a memorandum of understanding to strengthen our security and defense ties and unite our nations,” the UK Prime Minister said. Boris Johnson in a tweet after meeting his Swedish counterpart. “We’re in the same boat.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, and President Sauli Niinisto of Finland arrived at the Presidential Palace for talks, in Helsinki, Finland, Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, and President Sauli Niinisto of Finland arrived at the Presidential Palace for talks, in Helsinki, Finland, Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
(AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)

Germany and the United States had agreements to defend Finland and Sweden against Russian aggression.

Last month Moscow threatened that if Sweden and Finland joined the military force then it would deploy nuclear weapons and hypersonic missiles on its western border.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto spoke during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, October 29, 2021.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto spoke during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, October 29, 2021.
(Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo and AP, File)

Sweden has defended military forces for more than 200 years, even as Finland achieved neutrality after the Soviet Union won World War II.

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Finland’s capital city, Helsinki, is on the other side of the Finland River from Russia’s historic capital, St. Petersburg.

Finnish President, Prime Minister, calls on country to apply for NATO membership ‘without waiting’

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