Finland’s president confirms his country will apply to join NATO

HELSINKI: Finnish President Sauli Niinisto confirmed on Sunday (May 15) that his country would apply to become a member of the NATO military alliance.

The announcement came after Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said Thursday that they were both in favor of NATO membership, in a major policy change sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Russia, which shares a long land border with Finland, has said it would be a mistake for Helsinki to join the transatlantic alliance and would damage bilateral ties.

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