Helsinki (The Times Groupe)- Finland declared a “new era” was underway after announcing Sunday it would join NATO, while NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed hope Ukraine could win the war as Russian advances appear to be fading away.
Finland is seeking membership in NATO, announced the Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and the nation’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin at a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki. The previously neutral Nordic country shares a long border with Russia.
“This is a historic day. A new era begins,” Niinisto said.
The Finnish Parliament is expected to endorse the decision soon. The NATO headquarters in Brussels will then receive a formal membership application, most likely next week.
In response to Russian threats to NATO, top diplomats from 30 NATO member states met in Berlin to discuss providing more support to Ukraine and whether Finland, Sweden, and others should join.