Baltic Sea

Finland and Sweden join NATO to increase stability in the Baltic Sea

The current security situation in Finland is highly unpredictable, said Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto.

“The security situation in Europe and Finland is more serious and less predictable than at any time since the end of the Cold War. The security impact of current events on Finland will be long-lasting,” Haavisto said on Wednesday as he presented a government report to parliament analyzing the security situation following the start of Russia’s all-out military aggression against Ukraine. – The changed situation…requires Finland to reconsider its current security policy.”

According to the report, “Finland and Sweden joining NATO will increase stability in the Baltic Sea.”

Speaking at a press conference after the report was released, Finnish Defense Minister Antti Kaikkonen said: “Although the military situation on Finland’s borders is calm, the country needs to be prepared for possible challenges.

The government report will be discussed in parliament after the Easter holidays, which begin on April 15, and on the basis of it a decision will be made on whether Finland will apply for NATO membership. Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin has repeatedly stated that she expects rapid discussion and decision-making in the coming weeks.

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