Finland and Sweden set to apply for NATO membership next week

Finland and Sweden intend to simultaneously apply for membership in North Atlantic Alliance early next week, according to the newspaper Helsingin Sanomatciting sources.

The day before, the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö promised that on May 12 he would announce his opinion on the possible membership of the country in NATO. The Finnish Prime Minister will speak on the same day Sanna Marin.

On Tuesday, May 10, the Office of the President of Finland announced that Niinistö’s visit to Sweden would take place on May 17-18. During the trip, the leader of the country will meet with the Prime Minister of Sweden Magdalena Andersson. The parties should discuss measures in the field of security of the two states. The media believe that during this meeting, Niinistö and Andersson will announce a joint decision to join NATO.

On the same day, the head of the Swedish Ministry of Defense Peter Hultqvist said that the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO will strengthen the defense capabilities of these countries by using the strengths and advantages of each other.

Former President of Croatia Zoran Milanovic promised to veto the entry of Sweden and Finland into the alliance.

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