Finland's leaders say they are in favor of seeking NATO membership

Posted on AllSides May 12th, 2022
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Frank Augstein/AP

Finland's president and prime minister said Thursday they're in favor of applying for NATO membership, paving the way for the alliance to expand amid Russia's war in Ukraine.

The dramatic move by Finland was announced by President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin in a joint statement. It means that Finland is virtually certain to seek NATO membership, though a few steps remain before the application process can begin. Neighboring Sweden is expected to decide on joining NATO in coming days.

Finland shares a 1,340-kilometer (830-mile) land border with...

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