Sweden and Finland to hand in NATO applications on Wednesday


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Sweden and Finland to hand in NATO applications on Wednesday
"Finland's membership in NATO will not change our basic thinking that we will always seek peaceful solutions and we are a peace-loving nation," Foreign Minister Haavisto said.
Published: MAY 17, 2022

Sweden and Finland will hand in their respective applications to NATO to join the organization on Wednesday, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on Tuesday. "In Sweden and Finland we also agree to go hand in hand through this entire process and we will tomorrow together file the application," she told a joint news conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in the Swedish capital.

Finland votes yes on NATO application

Finland's parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a proposal to apply for membership of the NATO military alliance in a historic policy shift prompted by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. President Sauli Niinisto and the government decided officially on Sunday that Finland would apply for membership but the decision was pending parliament's approval. Of the 200 lawmakers, 188 voted in favor and eight against the application, Speaker Matti Vanhanen said. Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said the decision was no reason to celebrate because "there is war in Europe."

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