Finland Will Decide on Applying to NATO

by Olha Povaliaieva
Monday, May 2, 2022
Finland Will Decide on Applying to NATO

The government of the republic plans to make a decision on membership on 12 May. After that, the convening of NATO members is expected

The Finnish news resource Iltalehti reported on May 1 that the republic could announce its decision to join the Alliance in 10 days. On this day, a meeting of parliamentary groups of parties will be held, at which a report on foreign policy and security will be discussed. During the presidential press conference, Sauli Niinistö announced that he would announce his support for Finland's accession to NATO before the hour of the meeting of parliamentary groups of parties. Such an opinion on accession will be announced in 2 stages: first by the president, then by the parliament. According to Iltalehti, Sanna Marin approved the date for the decision on the state's entry into the Alliance.

"The position is that Finland is applying for membership," says Iltalehti.

The scheme of the procedure is quite simple: the decision to join NATO will be approved by the TP-Utva ministerial committee on foreign and security policy, then it will be submitted to the parliament. According to the Finnish ьinistry of аoreign фffairs, the text of the decision on possible accession has already been written. Next, a council of 30 NATO members will be convened, a decision will be made on entry, and then Finland will be involved in the negotiations.

"The aim is that this announcement to apply for NATO membership will no longer be re-discussed in parliamentary committees and put to the vote, but delivered to NATO with great speed," the paper explains.

According to Jens Stoltenberg, Finland and Sweden are strong partners of NATO, so the admission of states to the Alliance will be quick.

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