Although Niinistö described the current situation as a “historic turning point,” he estimates that membership will not change everything. “Finland’s security will continue to be the highest priority of our foreign and security policy.”
“Russia is and still is Finland’s neighbor. We need to be able to address practical issues with it in the future. “
He began his message by quoting New Year’s speech: “In a fast-paced world, it’s more valuable than ever to know when to hurry and when to be patient,” I said in my New Year’s speech. This spring, we have succeeded well in following this principle in Finland. Together, we have both rushed and shown patience. Finnish democracy has shown its unique strength. “
The announcement also caused a flood of statements in support of membership from other leading decision-makers, including the Minister of Education. Li Andersson (Left Alliance), Minister of Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto (Greens), Minister of Defense Antti Kaikkonen (Center), Minister of the Interior Krista Mikkonen (Greens) and the Minister for European Affairs and Corporate Governance Tytti Tuppurainen (SDP).
“Although I also see risks in a possible decision, I am ready to accept Finland’s NATO membership, as it reflects the will of the general public and Parliament,” wrote Andersson.
“I am prepared to accept that the option I personally prefer, European cooperation, is not a similar realistic option in the current situation. We should have anticipated building this option much earlier. “
Many NATO countries responded to the announcement by welcoming Finland and promising support.
“You can count on our full support. We support the fast-track accession process. For us [we] takes the necessary measures quickly, ”the Estonian Prime Minister tweeted Kaja Kallas.
“Finland’s decision to start NATO membership is great news for the security of Poland and Europe,” he commented Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Poland. “Poland supports Finland’s accession to NATO as quickly and smoothly as possible.”
“I am pleased with Finland’s decision to speak in favor of the country’s immediate accession to NATO,” the German Chancellor reiterated. Olaf Scholz. “On the phone with President Sauli Niinistö, I assured Finland of the full support of the German government.”
Dmitry PeskovThe Kremlin’s spokesman saw Finland’s accession to NATO as a hostile act that “undeniably” posed a security threat to Russia.
“NATO’s expansion and the Alliance’s approach to our borders will not make the world and our continent more stable and secure,” he said. said. “It all depends on how this process progresses, how far the military infrastructure is heading towards our borders.”
Global Times, an English-language daily affiliated with the People’s Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, warned that NATO’s expansion to the north could threaten European security.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: The Nordic Page