Monday May 23, 2022

Finland likely to submit NATO application soon

Published : 13 May 2022, 00:34

  DF Report

Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto. File Photo: Finnish government by Laura Kotila.

Finland is expected to submit an application for NATO membership soon, possibly in collaboration with neighboring Sweden, reported Xinhua, quoting local media reports.

Speaking to the European Parliament on Thursday, Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said his country is "fast approaching" decision-making on its potential NATO membership application.

Haavisto also expressed his support to Finland´s NATO membership application.

“European security situation has changed. In this new situation it is important to do everything for the security of Finland. Therefore, I support Finland’s membership in Nato,” the Foreign Minister wrote in his tweeter on Thursday.

On April 13, the government approved and presented a report to the country's parliament on changes in Finland's security environment.

"This means that we are now fast approaching the point of national decision making," he said.

Public support for NATO membership "soared," with "extensive polling" showing around 70 percent of the population supporting the idea of joining NATO, said the minister.

Meanwhile, Haavisto will attend an informal meeting of NATO ministers of foreign affairs scheduled to be held in Berlin on Saturday and Sunday, said the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in a press release.

Finland and Sweden have been invited to a working dinner held in connection with the meeting on Saturday.

“It is important to discuss the current situation with NATO member countries’ foreign ministers and to exchange views with them on the ongoing process relating to the Finnish Government report. I am pleased that the foreign ministers of Finland and Sweden have been invited to the working dinner held during the informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers,” Haavisto said.

In connection with the meeting, Haavisto will also have bilateral meetings.

Earlier on Thursday morning, President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin stated their positions in favour of Finland´s possible application for NATO membership.