Finland, a nation that borders Russia on the northern region has announced plans to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO despite threat from President Vladimir Putin of Russia, warning the border nation including Sweden of grave consequences if they should join the America backed military alliance.
Finland President, Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister, Sanna Marin in a joint statement made the announcement on Thursday after the Finnish government recently submitted a report on national security to the Nordic nation’s parliament.
Finland shares approximately an 830-mile border with Russia.
President Sauli Niinisto said President Vladimir Putin of Russia is the cause why Finland decided to join the US-led NATO.
CNN in its report on Thursday indicated that since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, public support for joining NATO in Finland has leaped from around 30% to nearly 80% in some polls.
“Once parliament has approved the idea in principle and any other domestic legislative hurdles have been cleared, it is expected that NATO would invite Finland to negotiate its accession.
“It is also expected that Sweden, Finland’s neighbor to the west, will soon announce its intention to join the alliance through a similar process.
“Finland joining NATO would have both practical and symbolic consequences for Russia and the Western alliance.
“Since the end of World War II, Finland has been militarily non-aligned and nominally neutral in order to avoid provoking Russia.
“It has indulged the Kremlin’s security concerns at times and tried to maintain good trading relations.
“The war in Ukraine, however, has sufficiently changed the calculation, so that joining NATO now seems the best way forward, regardless of what Russia’s reaction might be”, CNN report reads.