Finland asked to join NATO and Russia warns that

In a key week to define the rapprochement with NATO, the president and the prime minister of Finland assured in a press conference that their country must present “promptly” an application to join the organization.

“We hope that the national steps be taken quickly in the next few days”, assured the president, Sauli Niinisto, and the prime minister, Sanna Marin. It is part of a move that Finland and Sweden began weeks ago to join NATO.

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Both countries had historically been neutral, but now in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, they announced their decision to approach the bloc. Thus the organization would have 32 member states and Finland more than 1300 kilometers of border direct land with Russia.

Tomorrow is expected publication of a safety report Sweden where, as planned, they will also be issued in favor of joining the alliance as soon as possible.

Russia’s warning

Russia stated today that Finland’s entry into NATO will be a threat and it does not make the European continent more stable or more secure. The same happens with Sweden.

“It is definitely a threat”Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said in his daily telephone press conference when answering a question on the subject, adding that “a new expansion of NATO does not make our continent more stable or more secure.”

He explained that, once Finland enters NATO, Russia will analyze the situation to develop the necessary measures to guarantee its security.

“NATO is moving to our side,” Peskov said, adding: “That’s why all this will be items for special analysis and develop the necessary measures to balance the situation and guarantee our security.”

NATO supports rapid integration

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg assured that the Alliance is ready to integrate Finland “quickly” if you apply for admission.

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“I welcome the joint statement of the Finnish President and Prime Minister supporting the application to join NATO without delay”, indicated Stoltenberg in a message to the press, in which he emphasized that the doors of the Atlantic Alliance “are open”.

With Finland, NATO’s border will be even closer to Russia, almost 1,400 kilometers of common line that strengthens the Alliance’s position in a nearby area of ​​great economic and geostrategic interest for Moscow: the Arctic.

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