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Finland will seek NATO membership as a matter of urgency

Russian President Putin is achieving the opposite of what he set out to accomplish.

Sauli Niinistö
President of the Republic of Finland »

During the spring, there has been an important discussion about Finland’s possible NATO membership. Time has been needed for domestic position formation both in Parliament and in society as a whole. Time has been needed for close international contacts with both NATO and its member countries, as well as with Sweden. We have wanted to give the debate the space it needs.

Now that the time for decision-making is approaching, we also state our own common positions for the information of parliamentary groups and parties. NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defense alliance. Finland must apply for NATO membership as a matter of urgency. We hope that the national steps still needed to reach this solution will be taken swiftly in the coming days.

Press Release dated May 12, 2022

NATO has expelled eight Russian diplomats from its headquarters in Brussels for alleged spying

BBC »

Nato has expelled eight Russian diplomats it says have been working secretly as intelligence officers.

The military alliance has also halved the size of Moscow’s mission working at its Brussels headquarters to 10.

It is the first time Nato has taken such action against Moscow since it expelled seven Russian diplomats from the mission in the wake of the 2018 Salisbury spy poisonings.

Russian officials accused the West of using Moscow as a “bogeyman”.

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