Finland officially decides to join NATO

The Finnish government announced its decision in a statement

Finland has officially announced its intention of joining the NATO military alliance, the government said on Sunday. During a cabinet meeting, President Sauli Niinistö and ministers “agreed that Finland would apply for membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO),” the statement read.

Finnish accession to the US-led alliance would require the unanimous approval of the existing 30 member states, including Turkey, which has suggested it could veto the move. A report on Finland’s planned membership will be submitted to the national parliament once it’s endorsed at a government plenary session, the statement went on to say.

Our decision is historic. The most important thing is the safety of Finland and our citizens. The decision strengthens security and cooperation between the Nordic countries,” Prime Minister Sanna Marin said.

The premier added that she expects the Finnish parliament to “accept the decision [on joining NATO] with determination and responsibility.”
Niinistö and Marin are scheduled to hold a press-conference on Finland’s NATO membership bid later today, with some 90 journalists expected to be in attendance.

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