With favorable strategic assessment and support from the population, the Finland Should you decide in the coming weeks to apply to NATOFinnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Wednesday (13) during a visit to Sweden. The The country’s entry into the alliance could persuade Stockholm to do the same.
“I think it’s going to happen quickly. In a few weeks, not months,” Marin announced.
The Finnish government had hoped to publish a strategic assessment report, which was urgently commissioned after the attack on Ukraine. The document was published on Wednesday and given to her Endorsement in favor of accessionshortly before the start of debate on the matter in Parliament next week.
The text insists on the fact that only members of NATO Take advantage of the collective defense “shield” stipulated in Article 5 of the regulation, which is activated when a Member State is under attack.
Joining the US-led coalition will make it possible to deter, in a “much larger” way, any possible attack against Finlandguarantee the document.
Currently, the country that has 1300 km from the border with RussiaPartner only NATO. “The difference between being a partner and being a member is very clear and will continue to be,” the Social Democratic Prime Minister emphasized. “The only way to ensure security is within the scope of mutual defense and deterrence guaranteed by Article 5 of the Penal Code.” NATO“, he added.
The border between Russia and Finland is more than 1,300 km long – Photo: Arte g1
The Sweden He also does not rule out the possibility of joining the alliance, but he seems more reluctant than the neighboring country. “There are always risks,” Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on Wednesday.
The irony is that the war against Ukraine, which Moscow launched under the pretext of threatening to extend NATOyou can eventually do Finland Entering the alliance by doubling Russia’s land borders with member states.
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson at a press conference in Stockholm on February 27 – Photo: Jessica Gow/TT News Agency via Reuters
Marin admitted that “everything changed when Russia invaded Ukraine”.
Commitment support, which was about 20-25% decades ago in FinlandIt has nearly tripled, over 60% today.
A clear majority in favor is also determined in the Finnish parliament. Of the 200 MPs, 100 have already shown support for joining, and only 12 said they are against it, according to Finnish media.
In parallel, Helsinki doubled its contacts with most of the thirty members of NATO.
On Monday (11) the Swedish Social Democratic Party announced an internal debate on the issue. The Right-Wing Democrats Sweden I decided for the first time to support the country’s candidacy in the event Finland do the same.
Secretary General of NATOThe Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg has stated several times that the door is open to Scandinavia.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in a speech on March 24, 2022 – Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters
Other Northern European countries are already members, such as Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.
For Helsinki, the NATO It is believed that it takes between four and 12 months to close the process and Finland He became the 31st member of the alliance, which required unanimous agreement and ratification.
What is Russia’s reaction? Moscow warned Stockholm and Helsinki, stressing that accession would have “political and military consequences”.
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