This is a new step for Finland’s entry into NATO. The Finnish Social Democrats (SDP) have voted in favor of their government requesting the country’s entry into NATO, the newspaper reported this Saturday. Uusi Suomi. The result of the vote was very loose, with 53 votes in favour, five votes against and two abstentions.
NATO will strengthen its military positions against Russia with the entry of Finland
This Sunday, the Government of Finland is scheduled to meet to decide on the application for membership in NATO, a proposal that will later have to be taken to Parliament. Before this meeting took place, it seemed likely that parliamentary groups were expressing their positions, including the Social Democrats, the party of Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin.
“I am grateful to the party council for their support,” said Marin at a press conference. In her opinion, the result of the vote is an indication that the SDP is a “democratic movement with room for debate”.
Marin and the country’s president, Sauli Niinistö, expressed their positions in a statement on Thursday, concluding that “joining NATO would strengthen Finland’s security.” “Finland must apply to join NATO as a matter of urgency. We hope that the steps [parlamentarios] still necessary to reach this decision are taken promptly in the coming days,” the president and prime minister said in a joint statement.
To all this, it is also added that this Saturday, according to Reuters, the Finnish president, Sauli Niinisto, has informed the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, during a telephone call, of Helsinki’s plans to join NATO. For its part, the Kremlin has been warning for days that Finland’s entry into NATO poses a threat to which it will respond, although it has not given details of what that response will be like.
For his part, the Russian deputy foreign minister, Alexander Grushko, had said, before the call between the Finnish and Russian leaders was released, that Moscow will take adequate precautionary measures in the event that NATO deploys more nuclear forces and infrastructure. near the Russian border.
“It will be necessary to answer […] taking appropriate precautionary measures to ensure the viability of deterrence,” Interfax reported, citing Grushko. Moscow has no hostile intentions towards Finland and Sweden and sees no “real” reasons for those two countries to join the NATO alliance, he added.
Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly has said there must first be consensus in NATO for Sweden and Finland to join the alliance, but that their accession must be swift, Reuters reported. “It is important that there is a consensus. We want not only the accession of Finland and Sweden, but a rapid accession, which is essential in circumstances in which Finland and Sweden seek security guarantees”, she said Joly.