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Finnish Foreign Minister says there is no point in delaying NATO membership application

April 23, 2022 11:03 p.m. STI

Moscow [Russia]April 23 (NNA/Sputnik): Finland should not delay applying for NATO membership as it may become more difficult to join in the future, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said on Saturday. .
“What worse thing could happen for Finland to at least consider NATO,” Haavisto told Finnish TV channel Yle, adding that now was the right time for Helsinki to apply for NATO membership.

Haavisto said the conflict in Ukraine has forced Helsinki to reassess its security policy. The minister also said it would be good for Finland and Sweden to “synchronize” their positions on NATO membership.
The debate on NATO membership took place in the Finnish parliament earlier this week. According to Yle’s analysis, 114 lawmakers out of 200 expressed support for Helsinki joining NATO and more parliamentarians are expected to join the initiative.
On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine after recognizing the breakaway Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk as “independent republics”. In response, the EU has launched an extensive sanctions campaign against Moscow, which includes airspace closures and restrictive measures targeting numerous Russian officials and entities, media and financial institutions. (ANI/Sputnik)