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Finland to apply for Nato membership 'without delay'

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Posted: 12/05/22 - 09:59
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Finland's president and prime minister have called for the country to apply for Nato membership "without delay".

Sauli Niinisto and Sanna Marin said in a joint statement they expected a decision in the next few days.

The move comes amid a surge in public support for Nato membership following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Finland shares a 1,300-km (810-mile) border with Russia. Until now, it has stayed out of Nato to avoid antagonising its eastern neighbour.

Finland will formally announce its decision on Sunday after it has been considered by parliament and other senior political figures.

Sweden has said it will announce a similar decision on the same day.

I Call True: Considering it has such an exposed border to Russia Putin really has given them no real choice as we called yesterday https://bit.ly/3PeDPny

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800 miles of border with Russia. Will Putin see this as a Nato incursion and use it to further justify his invasion of the Ukraine I wonder.
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Lets hope that this happens sooner rather than later, so that NATO can 'protect' them rather than just ol' Blighty, after Johnson's idiotic posturing yesterday.
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I guess Sweden can afford to drag their feet a bit on this as they are going to be protected from any sort of ground assault by Finland being in Nato