Finland to make decision on NATO entry in coming weeks not months

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Finland to make decision on NATO entry in coming weeks not months
Until now, Finland and fellow Nordic state and neighbor Sweden have shied away from joining NATO, the US-led alliance founded in 1949 to counter the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
By REUTERS
Published: APRIL 13, 2022

Finland will take a decision about whether to apply to join the US-led NATO alliance in the next few weeks, Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Wednesday, underlining a shift in security perspectives since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Finland and fellow Nordic state and neighbor Sweden are close partners with NATO but have shied away from joining the 30-member alliance, founded in 1949 to counter the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

"We have to be prepared for all kinds of actions from Russia," Marin told reporters at a joint news conference in Stockholm with her Swedish counterpart. She said the option to join NATO had to be carefully analyzed but that everything had changed when Russian forces invaded Ukraine in late February. "The difference between being a partner and being a member is very clear and will remain so. There is no other way to have security guarantees than under NATO's deterrence and common defense as guaranteed by NATO's Article 5," she said.

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