Finland: Yes to NATO membership, said the parliamentary committee on defense

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NATO membership is the best option for Finland to ensure its national security, the Finnish parliament’s defense committee said today, ahead of Finland’s official decision on whether or not to join the announced Western defense alliance. in the coming days.

Finland’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) would significantly strengthen the deterrent to not becoming a target of Russian aggression, the defense committee said in a statement.

Finland, which shares a 1,300-kilometer border and a difficult past with neighboring Russia, is reconsidering its long-standing stance on avoiding NATO membership in order to maintain friendly relations with its eastern neighbor.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto is expected to announce his position on NATO membership the day after tomorrow, a move that would mean a major shift in security policy for the Nordic country following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The parliamentary defense committee commented on the issue in response to the government’s updated White Paper on Foreign and Security Policy.

“Joining NATO is Finland’s best solution for security. National Coalition.

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