Finland’s decision to join NATO may be made in the near future. This statement was made by Prime Minister Sanna Marin in an interview with the Japanese business newspaper Nikkei before visiting the country. Excerpts are published May 6th.
“I think that the decision to join NATO will be made in the very near future,” the politician said.
She also added that due to the conduct of a special military operation to protect the inhabitants of Donbass, Finland “will no longer be able to continue relations with Russia as before.”
On May 4, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, pointed to the new status of Finland and Sweden, which plans to join the North Atlantic Alliance with it. In her opinion, if they join the bloc, they will become a space for confrontation between NATO and Russia.
On May 2, the Finnish newspaper Iltalehti, citing sources, reported that Finland would announce its decision to join NATO on May 12.
On April 27, the Finnish newspaper Ilta Sanomaat, citing Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, reported that Finland and Sweden could announce NATO membership at the same time. According to the publication, this could be announced as early as May 16.