The President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, and the Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, signed a joint statement on Thursday expressing their support for the country's entry into NATO "without delay". And Russia's reaction has not been slow.
In the joint text, Niinistö and Marin point out that during this spring "an important debate has taken place on the possible accession of Finland to NATO", after the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine by troops of the Russian Federation on February 24. .
Both leaders point out that "it has taken time for Parliament and the whole of society to establish their positions on the matter", and to "establish close international contacts with NATO and its member countries, as well as with Sweden".
For this reason, they conclude, "Finland must apply to join NATO without delay", and they trust that the steps within the country that are still necessary to make this decision "will be taken quickly in the coming days".
For its part, Russia today warned Finland with response measures, including military-technical ones, following the historic decision of the country's leadership to support NATO membership, which endangers, according to Moscow, stability and security in the north. of Europe.
"Russia will be forced to adopt both military-technical and other response measures in order to counter the threats that have arisen to its national security," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.