In the Finnish parliament, 188 MPs vote in favor of the application to be admitted to NATO. Only eight MPs spoke out against it. Now the country’s president, Sauli Niinistö, only has to sign the application – it can then be submitted to NATO.
Impressive: Finland has been neutral since the end of World War II. However, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, public opinion in the country shifted.
President Niinistö said at a joint press conference with Sweden’s King Carl XVI. Gustaf: “Our security policy line has been a similar one for a long time. And even now, when the situation requires it, we are taking our steps together.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde signed her country’s NATO membership application – the eXXpress reported. “Our NATO application is now officially signed,” Linde wrote on Twitter. This will now be sent to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as soon as the Finns have also signed.