Marin on NATO: Finland should keep options open,

In addition to urging residents to get vaccinated against Covid, Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s (SDP) New Year’s message emphasised Finland’s possibility to apply for membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

”Finland retains the option of applying for NATO membership,” Marin said as Russia has demanded the western alliance halt its eastward expansion.

”We should uphold this freedom of choice and make sure it remains a reality, as this is part of every country’s right to decide on its own security policies.”

She also said Finland would continue to intensify its European security and defence cooperation.

”It is one of the foundations of European security enshrined in the principles of the OSCE. We have shown that we have learnt from the past. We will not let go of our room for manoeuvre.” Läs artikel