Finland does not currently plan to join NATO. At a time of rising tensions between NATO and Russia over Ukraine, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said on Friday, Reuters reported.
“Finland is not in talks on joining NATO and does not plan to join the project … Finnish security policy remains unchangedHaavisto told reporters after an informal meeting of European diplomats in Brest, France.
In response to the warning of Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau on Thursday, who said in Vienna during the meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), that Europe is as close to war today as it has ever been in the past 30 yearsHaavisto said he understands the pressure on Ukraine and Poland as a result of the heightened security tensions on their borders. “But I hope we are not in such a situation,” He said.
As Reuters notes, Finland and Sweden’s interest in NATO membership has become a topic of international debate this week thereafter Like Russia, the United States and the coalition, conducted extensive negotiations on threats to the security of Ukraine. In an interview with MSNBC TV on Thursday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken indicated that Finland wants to join NATO after Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that Moscow would view Finland’s accession to NATO as a “confrontational tool.”
Reuters also remembers that Finland has had NATO’s door open for a long time, while Helsinki insists it has the right to apply for membership at any time if it so decides;. Finland has been cooperating with NATO since 1994, and in 2014, after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, it also joined the Enhanced Opportunities Partner Program (EOP).
Last month, Finland decided to replace its fleet of outdated fighters with F-35A multi-role fighters from the American company Lockheed Martin, which are compatible with NATO systems.
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