The two main Finnish political leaders were careful, until Thursday, May 12, to give their personal point of view on the question. This is now the case. NATO membership “would strengthen the security of Finland” and “the entire defense alliance”. As well, “Finland must apply for membership without delay”ruled President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin. “Everything is ready” now for an application to be made very soon to the organization, deduces the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter.
In a brief joint statement issued on the morning of May 12the two leaders, one social democrat, the other close to the conservatives, explained why they had not spoken out earlier, while the debate on the issue has taken on an unprecedented scale in the country since the invasion of Ukraine.
“Time was needed to allow Parliament and society as a whole to define their positions on the issue. Time was needed to establish close international contacts with NATO and its member countries, as well as with Sweden. We wanted to give the discussion the space it needed”they justify themselves.
Membership application step by step
Now, they add, “we hope that the national steps still necessary to take this d