Olaf Scholz fully agrees with Finland’s recent decision to become a NATO member.
Germany “fully supports” the will of Finnish leaders to join NATO immediately, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Thursday, reports AFP.
“I welcome Finland’s decision to vote in favor of the country’s immediate accession to NATO,” the German leader wrote on Twitter, adding that he “assured Finland, in a telephone conversation with President Sauli Niinistö, of full government support.” German.
The Finnish president and prime minister on Thursday called for Finland’s “immediate” accession to NATO – a huge step towards a candidacy – to be officially announced on Sunday.
The Kremlin reacted immediately, stressing that the country’s accession to the Western military alliance would “certainly” pose a threat to Russia.
Olaf Scholz unconditionally supports Finland’s desire to join NATO, along with that of Sweden
As a direct consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a Finnish bid to join NATO is set to coincide with a request to join Sweden, which is also expected in the coming days, according to news.ro.
“NATO membership will strengthen Finland’s security. As a NATO member, Finland will strengthen the Alliance as a whole. Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay, “President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said in a joint statement on Thursday.
This official position of the two leaders marks a change of direction for Finland, which has a common border of 1,300 kilometers and a painful past with Russia.
With 5.5 million people in the country, 76% of the population is in favor of joining, according to a poll published on Monday – a level three times higher than before the war in Ukraine.
This former Russian province (1809-1917) – subject to a form of forced neutrality by Moscow after the Cold War – was invaded by the Soviet Union in 1939, then joined the European Union (EU) and the NATO Partnership for Peace. Following the fall of the USSR, but remaining outside the Alliance, other leaders of some NATO member states welcomed Finland’s application for membership.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Finland’s decision to join NATO was “great news for Poland and Europe’s security”.
Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala has announced that the Czech Republic will “of course” support Finland’s candidacy for membership in the Alliance.
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš also expressed their support.
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