This was announced by Finnish President Sauli Niinistö during a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The conversation took place at the initiative of Finland.
It is noted that Niinistö told Putin how much Moscow’s demands to prevent countries from joining the Alliance, as well as a special operation in Ukraine, changed the Finnish security situation.
“President Niinistö has announced that in the coming days Finland will decide to seek NATO membership,” writes RIA Novosti with reference to the message of the office of the Finnish head.
Niinistö added that even during the first meeting with Putin in 2012, he said that any independent country is responsible for its security. “This is exactly what is happening now. By joining NATO, Finland strengthens its own security and assumes responsibility,” the report says.
The Finnish leader also expressed deep concern about the human suffering caused by the situation in Ukraine.
At the beginning of April, discussions intensified about Finland’s entry into NATO after many years of neutrality. The main members of the Alliance approved this idea. The majority of members of the Finnish Parliament also spoke in favor of accession.
It was reported that the applications of Sweden and Finland to join NATO will be approved soon. This may happen already at the Alliance summit. In Moscow, they warned that such a step could have certain consequences.