Finland`s President Sauli Niinisto confirmed on Sunday that his nation would apply for membership of the NATO navy alliance, in a historic coverage shift prompted by Russia`s invasion of Ukraine. Moscow, which shares a 1,300 km (800 mile) border with Finland, has mentioned it could be a mistake for Helsinki to affix the 30-strong transatlantic alliance and that it could hurt bilateral ties. Sweden can be anticipated to observe swimsuit as public help for membership has grown amid safety issues. Sunday`s announcement comes after Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin mentioned on Thursday they each favored NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) membership, giving a inexperienced gentle for the nation to use.
“Today, we, the president and the government`s foreign policy committee, have together decided that Finland … will apply for NATO membership,” Niinisto instructed reporters within the presidential palace in Helsinki.
Niinisto known as Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday to inform him of Finland`s plans to affix the alliance. Putin mentioned such a transfer would harm Russian-Finnish relations.
“I, or Finland, are not known to sneak around and quietly disappear behind a corner. It is better to say it straight what already has been said, also to the concerned party and that is what I wanted to do,” he mentioned about his name on Sunday.
The Finnish president expressed readiness to carry talks along with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan after Ankara raised objections to the Nordic nations becoming a member of NATO.
As a NATO member, Turkey may veto their functions. Niinisto mentioned he was “a bit confused” about what he mentioned was a shift in Turkey`s stance. “What we need now is a very clear answer, I am prepared to have a new discussion with President Erdogan about the problems he has raised.”