Finland has issued a statement on Thursday saying that they will officially start to process to join NATO “without delay” which is a direct result of Vladimir Putin’s invasion in Ukraine.
Finland’s Prime Minister and President said in a joint statement, “During this spring, an important discussion on Finland’s possible NATO membership has taken place.
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“Time has been needed to let Parliament and the whole society establish their stands on the matter.
“Time has been needed for close international contacts with NATO and its member countries, as well as with Sweden. We have wanted to give the discussion the space it required.
“Now that the moment of decision-making is near, we state our equal views, also for information to the parliamentary groups and parties.
“NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security.
“As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defence alliance.
“Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay.
“We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days.”
Finland shares a 810 mile border with Russia which will most likely enrage Putin which could see more breaches of their airspace by Russian fighter jets.
Moscow has previously said that the enlargement of NATO is a direct threat to Russia’s security and the Kremlin has warned of “serious military and political consequences.”